The GSMA, in partnership with Machina Research (London, England), last week announced that the growth of connected devices is booming in Asia Pacific, with the region expected to be the largest market by 2020 with over 11 billion total connected devices, and within that, almost 5.6 billion mobile connected devices, accounting for a 47% market share and far outstripping Europe (19.1%) and North America (9.4%).
On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representative Intelligence Committee announced it was launching an investigation into the threat posed by Chinese-owned telecommunications companies working in the U.S., including Huawei (Shenzhen, P.R.C.) and ZTE (Shenzhen, P.R.C.).
The investigation comes after a ten month preliminary review of Chinese communications companies was conducted by the committee staff. The preliminary review suggested that there was a national security concern of “the highest priority” and that a more extensive investigation should be conducted.
Huawei Technologies (Shenzhen, P.R.C.), the world's second largest telecoms equipment maker, plans to buy Symantec Corp's (Sunnyvale, Calif., U.S.A.) 49% stake in Huawei Symantec (Hong Kong, P.R.C.) for $530 million in a joint venture between the companies that provides security solutions for corporations.
The agreement is subject to regulatory approval, but analysts and company executives foresee few hurdles as the joint venture is based in of Hong Kong. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2012, Huawei said in a statement on Tuesday.
As smartphone usage grows and consumers start using their phones for more than just voice, the concept of a mobile service provider is changing. According to two surveys, including one performed by Oracle (Redwood Shores, Calif., U.S.A.), a person’s mobile phone is replacing other devices, and in the future will be used for everything from banking to a GPS system.
Oracle surveyed more than 3,000 mobile users around the world and found that mobile devices are becoming more valuable to consumers.
China Telecom Corp Ltd (Beijing, P.R.C.), the smallest of the country's three carriers, is considering entering the U.S. wireless market by offering services to handset consumers who frequent both countries, a company executive said on Wednesday.
China Telecom plans to work out a scheme using MVNO (mobile virtual network operator), aiming to use the network infrastructure of a U.S. operator to provide such services, the executive said.
He said he did not expect significant regulatory hurdles for the MVNO plan, although some analysts are skeptical.
Trunkbow International Holdings Limited (Beijing, P.R.C.), a provider of mobile payment services, on Thursday announced that it has signed a formal strategic partnership agreement with Tianyi e-Commerce Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of China Telecom (Beijing, P.R.C.), for the development and marketing of China Telecom's Bestpay m-commerce payment application. Under the agreement, Trunkbow is to provide application development and support services for the mobile application, which was rolled-out to China Telecom's 3G subscribers across mainland China in August.
ZTE Corp (Shenxhen, P.R.C.) and China Unicom (Beijing, P.R.C.), China’s second largest telecommunications equipment maker and carrier respectively, reported third quarter net profit that missed expectations, with both companies grappling with pressured margins.
ZTE posted a second straight fall in quarterly profit mainly due to the weakness in the euro and a delay in value-added tax rebates, while China Unicom's profit was up by a worse-than-expected 21% as it doled out subsidies to attract more 3G users.
Telecom operator Telefónica (Madrid Spain), through its recently created unit Telefónica Digital, and China Unicom (Beijing, China) last week signed a strategic agreement to promote the development of M2M and the Internet of Things in a global scope. The objective of the partnership includes making advances in the M2M industry through different technologies such as cellular communications, identification by radiofrequency (RFID), sensors and global positioning systems (GPS).
Chinese officials have outlined plans to invest nearly $500 billion in electric power infrastructure - including roughly $90 billion in smart grid technologies - by 2020, a strategy experts say could significantly improve the nation's energy efficiency and cement a dominant position in the smart grid market.
China Mobile (Beijing, China), the world's largest mobile carrier by subscribers, has 10 million iPhone users even though it does not yet have an agreement with iPhone maker Apple, says its chairman.
Wang Jianzhou also said Apple had promised to make an iPhone compatible with China Mobile's TD-LTE standard when its next-generation model comes out. He could not say when this would happen.
"We have not yet got agreement with Apple," say Wang. "Apple promised to provide, when they develop the iPhone for LTE, that it will include TD-LTE. We are discussing the details."