Monday, April 23, 2007

Huawei, Symantec in joint-venture report

4/23/2007, A leading Chinese financial journal reported today that Huawei would joint-ventured with Symantec to develope SAN and network security market. The new joint-ventured company will be named HuaSai. And the CEO of this company will be YiNan Li who was the former CTO of Huawei, founder and CEO of Harbour Networks. Last year, Li returned to Huawei after his company was purchased by Huawei. The report also said Huawei had input nearly 1.1billion RMB in this field, they have developed full secucrity product line, and have a team more than 1000 employees. Mr. Ren, zhenfei, Huawei's founder and CEO, has emphasized this field several times this year. In SAN market, Huawei's future competitors will be EMC, IBM and HP. Both Huawei and Symantic would not review on this news.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Wei Leping: I am not satisfied with GPON test

4/19/2007, It is turn for Mr. Wei,leping, the most important person in the technology field of Chinese communication industry. In today's China Broadband application forum hold in Beijing, Wei told the audience that he was not satisfied with the test result of GPON and VDSL. He said he hoped there would be better result in the 2nd round test.
So what is wrong with the test? According to Wei, for VDSL, "It is not stable, It cann't support management of both central office side and remote side, it is not fully compatible with ADSL2+ equipments, also, equipments from different suppliers cann't work together well." For GPON, Wei didn't mention.
Maybe the most important thing Wei mentioned today is about what he thought as the real bandwidth request in year 2010. According a survey by China Telecom, the high end broadband application will include HDTV, SDTV, and video communication, so 20Mbps-30Mbps will be a possible bandwidth requet. By now, Wei said he could not imagine further bandwidth request.
That is really interesting then. Several months ago, Wei once said EPON was mature enough, Now, he said he hoped GPON had a good test result. Also, he has a larger interest on VDSL,then, finally which access technology he will choose for China Telecom, let us wait.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Netcom's broadband strategy for broadband forum

4/18/2007,China Netcom today announnced that they would host the "2007 World Broadband Asia Forum". In the same situation, two high-level managers from China Netcom told public their FTTH and WiMAX strategy for the first time.

According to Mr. Zuo,feng, General Manager of Market operating department of China Netcom groupe, China Netcom is studying advanced broadband access technology including FTTH in Beijing. About WiMAX, China Netcom had made several 802.16d WiMAX trails in Southern China.

Zuo also mentioned, although Netcom has build a advanced backbone and metro network, but in the last mile field, there is still large distance from FTTH. Also, for WiMAX, China Netcom is still waiting for the maturity of 802.16e technology.

I don't think Zuo's words have any real meaning in today's situation. In real life, China Netcom is still working on increase their customer bandwidth from 512K to 2Mbps, also there is not direct incentive like NTT or FT has for a FTTx or WiMAX application.

The forum will be hold from June 5 to June 8 in China Hotel in Beijing.

UK Media:Chunghwa Telecom wants to enter mainland China market

4/17/2007, The Financial Times and Reuters are reporting that Chunghwa Telecom is planning to enter China through indirect investment in a small local operator and by teaming up with one of the mainland’s fixed line networks in 3G mobile services.
State-controlled Chunghwa expects Chinese-language data content to be a major future growth driver. However, Taiwan’s government heavily restricts telecom investment in politically hostile China. Hochen Tan, Chunghwa chairman, told the Financial Times that the telecoms company intends to offer itself as a partner to China Telecom and China Netcom once the two mainland operators obtain 3G licences.
The two networks saw their voice revenue drop last year, and believe the 3G licences could offer an important opportunity for them to regain profitability by adding mobile services to their eroding fixed line business. Mr Hochen said in order to chase China Mobile and China Unicom, the mainland’s incumbent mobile operators, the two fixed-network companies would need expertise in the development, pricing and marketing of 3G content.
‘Although the Taiwan market is much smaller than China’s, there are similarities in our habits, our language, our stories,’ he said. The plan is at odds with Taiwan government regulations, which does not allow the island’s telecoms operators to invest in the industry in China or offer services there. But Mr Hochen said he had started to lobby the government on relaxing the restrictions. ‘It will be a window. Once it closes, there will be no other big good opportunities,’ he said.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Netcom In, Telecom Out

4/16/2007, Although China Telecom and China Netcom today won the local bidding of Chinese e-government backbone network services order at the same time, they didn't get the same success in overseas market.

For China Netcom, after they build Japan branch last month, they just applied for a licence in Japanese telecom market. Up to now, Netcom has 4 overseas branches located in Hongkong, US, Europe and Japan. Netcom also has 8 POPs located each in LA USA, Anahiem USA, SanFrancisco USA, Newyork USA, London UK, Frankfurt Germany, Tokyo Japan.

But In Saudi Arab's 2nd fixed line service licences applying, China Telecom failed to enter 2nd round with PCCW from Hongkong, and Verizon, Bahrain Telecom. No one knows the reason why China Telecom failed this time, but like the same failure of China Mobile on Millicom last year, it shows there is still long way before Chinese carriers on successful overseas market developing. They didn't prepare well for this.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Beijing Olympic Games welcome WiMAX

4/13/2007, Yokohama, Japan, Mr. Xie,linzhen, vice chairman of China mobile communication association, told the audience in a public discourse that Beijing would build wireless broadband network for 2008 Olympic games. Before 2nd quarter of year 2008, Beijing will set up 9000 WLAN access points in a 275 square kilometer, including 150 WiMAX base stations. The network will cover 90% of the Beijing city. Xie also said ChinaComm ( would be one of the WiMAX services providers. ChinaComm owns 3.5GHz spectrum, they also had a plan to provide this service in another 28 cities of mainland China.
According to ChinaComm, they will focous the WiMAX service on enterprise customers, the service price will be similar to ADSL price rate.
Nortel CTO, John J. Roese who is visting Tsinghua University in Beijing now, said Nortel wanted to be the supplier for this project.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Tietong got licence on international services

4/11/2007, China Tietong(Railcom) today announced that they had got the licences on international telecommunication services. A spokeman from Tietong said their new licence supported them to have international voice, data, internet services. From this new licencs, Tietong can save millions of RMB each year on international service operating cost.

In order to support international railway operating, Tietong has build cross-border cable in the cities of Shenzhen, Suifenhe, Manzhouli, erlianhaote etc, to make communication with North Korea, Russia, Mongolia, HongKong special zone etc. Totally, Tietong owns 10Gbps international communication capacity.

Before Tietong, China telecom, China Mobilcom, China Unicom and China Netcom all had similar licences.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Photop and Wuhan National Laboratory for Optoelectronics Create Joint Lab

4/10/2007,Fuzhou Fujian, China,Photop Technologies, Inc., a key component supplier and leading manufacturer of Fiber Optics Communications, Projection & Display, and Photonics products, today announces Photop Tehnologies and Wuhan National Laboratory for Optoelectronics will jointly establish a lab for photonics technologies with applications in fiber optics communications, lasers and opto-electronics.
Wuhan National Laboratory for Optoelectronics ( WNLO) is one of the five national laboratories in China, which were sponsored by the Ministry of Science & Technology, P.R.C. in November of 2003. WNLO aims at constructing a scientific research platform of large-scale, which covers many disciplines, so as to promote the scientific innovation.
"By Combining both Photop and WNLO's advantages in industry and scientific research," stated Sunny Sun, President of Photop, "The joint lab will help Photop to develop innovative technology and science research. I believe both Photop and WNLO will benefit from the cooperation."
Among the main objectives of the joint lab are to anticipate scientific and technological advances, and establish industrial and scientific partnerships.
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Sunday, April 08, 2007

Can Cable operator be a new telecom carrier in China?

4/9/2007, In the NGN summit hold in Beijing several days ago, Mr. Wei,leping, CTO of China Telecom urged government to let them enter video services a.s.a.p, as an exchange, he said cabel operators in China can be a new telecom service provider.

According to No.82 Decree of State Council of the People's Republic of China approved in year 1999, Telecom service providers cann't develope video services, and Cable operators cann't have voice services. But after nearly 8 years, convergence has become the center of telecom services, More and more peoples call on a reform on this decree.

Without video services, without mobile services, today's China Telecom faces hugh profit decrease. They are eager to have new 3G licence and to enter video services. But first, they have to bread the barricade set up by No. 82 decree.

Can we see this reform in the short future? Will the cable operators like to be a new telecom service provider? Let us wait...............

Does China Mobile really have interest on TD-SCDMA?

4/6/2007, according to Shanghai Security Journal, China Mobile just began a new GSM purchasing which is worth 35billion RMB. These equipments will be used to upgrade the total national network. The question is this purchasing is nearly at the same time with China Mobile's first purchasing on TD-SCDMA 3G equipments. Also the 35 billion purchasing amount exceeds the 26.7billion TD purchasing a lot. Local analysts pointed out that the GSM purchasing meant China Mobile had other considerations on TD-SCDMA network, Maybe they didn't really have interest on it.

New manufacturing base of Huawei and ZTE

4/3/2007, According to first financial Journal, Both Huawei and ZTE are working on their big new manufacturing base. A new industry park of ZTE will begin to operate from year 2008. Huawei invested 2billion RMB on their Dongguan and Langfang base.

ZTE's new park has a 440,000 square meter area with capacity supporting 15,000 employees. ZTE spokesman said the park was an important part of ZTE's next step strategy.

Although Huawei denied the exist of their Dongguan and Langfang manufacturing base, but according to local government, Huawei will build a cellphone base with revenue of 80billion in Songshan lake, Dongguan. In Langfang, Huawei will focous on optical network equipments etc. There will be three world-class factory with total revenue 10billion RMB.