China Mobile

Alcatel-Lucent signs $750m deal with China Mobile

Infrastructure vendor Alcatel-Lucent has signed a €750m one-year deal with China Mobile. The vendor will supply the technology for the Chinese operator to move to an all-IP network and enable the deployment of NFV technology on its network and cloud based services.

ALU and Huawei flag NFV solutions

Network vendors Alcatel Lucent and Huawei have both made announcements around Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) ahead of next week’s Mobile World Congress, where new network architectures like NFV and SDN (software defined networking) will be the subject of much discussion and, Telecoms.com understands, some big news from the operator community.

China Mobile deploys LTE small cell backhaul

Chinese operator China Mobile has deployed a self-organising small cell microwave backhaul system in its LTE network to provide improved coverage and capacity to subscribers in densely populated urban areas.

China Mobile introduces VoLTE

China Mobile is deploying Voice over LTE (VoLTE) on its commercial TD-LTE network in Guangzhou ahead of a wider nationwide rollout. The company has tapped up local equipment supplier ZTE to deliver the project.

China issues 4G licences, service to start this year

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has issued 4G licences to the country’s three mobile network operators China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom, according to state news agency Xinhua.

NSN, China Mobile cooperate on 5G broadband tech

Infrastructure vendor Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) has teamed up with China Mobile’s Research Institute (CMRI) to further their cooperation on research and standardisation of LTE and 5G mobile broadband technologies.

China Mobile awards LTE contracts, report suggests

Half of China Mobile’s LTE infrastructure contracts have been won by local suppliers Huawei and ZTE, according to a report from Reuters that cites industry sources. The report suggests that Ericsson, Alcatel Lucent and NSN have picked up around ten per cent of the business each with their Chinese competitors bagging 25 per cent apiece. The combined value of China Mobile’s LTE contracts is $3.2bn, Reuters said.

China to issue 4G licences this year

China will speed up work to issue spectrum licenses for 4G mobile networks this year and accelerate development of broadband internet access, according to Xinhua News Agency, the official press agency of the People’s Republic of China.

Operator boards to blame for lack of innovation

The boards of the world’s ten largest operators are dominated by executives with legal, financial and engineering backgrounds, resulting in a conservative culture that “struggles to drive and nurture innovation”, according to recruitment consultancy European Leaders.

China Mobile teams up with ZTE to make VoTD-LTE call

Chinese kit vendor ZTE has teamed up with the nation’s leading mobile operator China Mobile, and US semiconductor firm Marvell Technology Group to make what it claims is the world’s first voice over TD-LTE (VoTD-LTE) call.

Megafon joins Telefónica partnership programme

Russian operator MegaFon has become the latest carrier to join Teleónica’s partnership programme, which aims to pool resource, know-how and purchasing power across an international roster of telcos.

Four operators clinch 4G spectrum in Hong Kong auction

Four of Hong Kong’s mobile operators have successfully bid for a total of 50MHz of radio spectrum in the 2.5/2.6GHz band, according to the nation’s telecoms regulator the Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA). The total amount raised from the auction stood at HK$1.54bn ($200m). The spectrum will enable the successful bidders to further develop 4G services in Hong Kong.

China Mobile to operate TDD and FDD LTE in tandem CEO reveals

China Mobile will not stick exclusively to TDD LTE but will operate a FDD LTE network at the same time, CEO Li Yue revealed at a 4G conference held in Taipei last week. The dual path technology strategy will be taken to encourage the take up of dual-mode, multi-band devices around the world, he said.

China to open opportunities to foreign MVNOs

In a bid to encourage direct foreign investment into the country, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has issued a draft proposal to allow mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) to set up in the market.

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