Wednesday, April 14, 2010

2009 Top 10 fiber optics employers in mainland China

April 14, 2010, If you want to join a Chinese fiber optics company, whom you should choose? Here are the top 10 fiber optics employers accordong to the most recent survey by CFOL(China Fiber Optics Online),our Chinese version.

No. 1 Oclaro China score:22.2
No. 2 Finisar China score:21.4
No.3 Source Photonics score:19.4
No.4 Accelink score:18.7
No.5 JDSU China score:18.7
No.6 WTD score:18.6
No.7 Neophotonics China score:18.4
No.8 Photop (a II-VI company) score:17.9
No.9 Oplink China score:16.8
No.10 O-net score:15.1

These 10 companies are selected from nearly 60 fiber optics companies recommanded by our readers. The critieras for the selection include working strength, working enviroment, vocation arrangment, salary and benefeciary, and personal developing space. Each item is scored from 1 to 5 depending on how satisfied the interview correspondence is with the company. 25 is the full score. After 9 months survey, we collected all together 961 effective correspondence by email, by phone or by vis-a-vis interview.

As the best job service provider in China's fiberoptics industry, CFOL hopes to help job seekers get more information about possible employer, at the same time help employers to get better understanding of job seekers.

Several years ago, CFOL once made another best employer selection. At that time, Bookaham China was named the best employer in that year.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Chinese Suppliers on OFCNFOEC2010

April 12,2010, For the first time in the history of OFC, there is Chinese announcement on the show. For many years, exhibitors from mainland China, Hongkong and Taiwan have played more and more important role. Especially in this year, OFC is dedicated to a Chinese American, Dr. Charles Kao, the father of optical fiber communication.

Some Huawei USA's employees told me that Chinese announcement is because the show is sponsored by them. As one of several equipment suppliers on the show, Huawe has a big exhibiting truck on the floor and they always are the topic center of the show. Both Huawei and ZTE send many R&D and purchasing engieers to the show this time.

Compared to Huawei, China's component suppliers have far less influence on the fiber optics industry, but as a total, they still play a very important role in today's fiber optics industry.

For example, Emcore has just announced to set up a component joint-venture in Tangshan China before the show. Charles Wang of Emore told me on the show that it is good to attract Chinese investment to Emcore, they have large enthousim to make more success in China.

In recent years, more and more big US component manufactures came to China to set up manufacturing base or R&D center. A Finisar guy told me they already had 2000 staffs in Shanghai Factory. I also met someone from AOC, they have a big factory in Wuhan now.

Some US companies choosed to purcha their Chinese counterparts. Photop, who was purchased by II-VI in the end of last year, is one of them. Mr. Sun,zhaoyang of Photop said that it is their investor's will to sell the company. But good news is II-VI doesn't interfere their business. From the show, you can still see the Photop logo. Neophotonics and Source Photonic are 2 other different examples. From these two companies, it is hard for you to find any Fiberxon or Photon's heritage, they are totally US companies now.

Most of the Chinese exhibitors on the show don't have any overseas background. Some of them came to the show for the first time. They are eager to find customers in overseas market.

The competitor of ADC and Corning in China, Sun&sea group,who went to public in Shenzhen stock market last year, only has one booth. But this time, they have a representive from their Chicago office. CEO and founder of the company, Mr. Wang, wensheng told me they already have several customers in US market. To go to public is only the first step in the long march for them.

I didn't hear about the name of Chaoqian communication equipment before I came to the show. But this Zhejiang company has a Houston office and several local employees. The Chairman of the company, Mr. Xu Qing is so confident about their products. "Why Chinese product not as goos as Corning or ADC's?", he asked. Mr. Kenneth Boop is the sales manager of Chaoqian in US, he told me that he thought Chaoqian's products are competive enough in US market, Chinese need learn to adapt to US style of marketing. What he will do is help Chaoqian to develope this market.

Both Chaoqian and Sun&Sea are passive equipment manufactures. In component side, Ligent (Hisense in China) and WTD also invite local sales. Ligent is the long time GPON transceiver leader, this year, I saw them to have 1 more local sales. For WTD, it is the first time for them to have a local sales. VP of WTD, Mr. Xu, yuanzhong told me that his company must be the first class transceiver suppliers in 3 to 4 years. They have recruited many talented engineers from US. Next year's show, they will have 4 booths. In the top 10 equipment manufactures around the world, only Cisco and Samsung are not their customers. They will launch a big party this september to celerate their 30 year annuversery.

HG genuine, the same city competitor of WTD, made their show just across the WTD. Compared to WTD, they are a new company, and they don't have many customers in US. Just because of this, they are eager to develope US market. According to Mr. Zuo of HG genuine, they introduced 3Gbps and 6Gbps transceiver and QSFP AOC products in this show. They are the first in the market to introduce 6Gbps transceiver for 3G market. The latest booming market in China gave them enough resources to develope quicker in the future.

In transceiver industry, the most famous start up has always been Gigalight, but in this show, a new company, FiberTower attracts more attention. In the Buyer's Guide of OFCNFOEC2010, this Shenzhen company bought one page advertisment. No other Chinese companies did the same thing this time.

APAC and Create are two Taiwan companies I met on the show. APAC introduced DiVi and HDMI video transmission products on the show, but they still think that is a niche market. Mr. Jian from Creat, a transceiver IC company, asked me how long the market boom can continue, his company face short of manufacturing ability now.

There are more passive component suppliers from China on the show. Accelink, Photop and Onet are 3 biggest ones. Accelink announced to reach 1.2billion USD revenue on the first day of the show, they also announced to set up a US branch. It was said one thirds of their revenue come from US market, and the biggest revenue generator is their EDFA products. In this show, they demonstrated their DP-QPSK demodulator and some other high end products. Photop and Onet also showed their DP-QPSK products. Sales manager of Onet, Steven told me that he has been very busy recently. His company just increased 500 staffs in Shenzhen. In the OFC job fair, they are one of the recruiters. Their 6 booths show is the largest in all Chinese component exhibitors. But Steven said he is worried about the future. No customer in US now are fully optimitic towards the future market.

Pusen is one of the PLC manufactures who came to this show. James Wei, GM of the company is eager to find customers in US. It is not a easy task for them because the PLC market in US is not as stong as in China. But at least in this show, he can find a supplier, a Korean start up on PLC chips. All Chinese PLC manufactures depend on imported chips to package. According to Dr. Yue, chaoyu, CEO of Ligtcomm, a fiber fused coupler manufacture in Shenzhen, Chinese service providers' demand on PLC is unreasonable. There is no necessary to use PLC in less 1X8 configurations. PLC really affects his business, in order to avoid this, Lightcomm now works more on high power couplers.

Friday, April 09, 2010

China forges ahead FTTx construction

April 9,2010, Seven central government institutions jointly published "Proposals for forging ahead fiber optics broadband network construction" yesterday. These 7 institutions include ministry of industry and information technology, national development and reform commission, ministry of science and technology, ministry of finance, ministry of land and resources,ministry of housing and urban-rural development, state administration of taxation.

According to this proposal, China aims to have more than 80 million fiber optics broadband interfaces. At the same time, urban subscribers will have up to 8Mbps bandwidth, and rural subscribers will have 2Mbps bandwidth, most commercial buildings will have 100Mbps broadband connection. From now to year 2011, government will invest more than 150 billion Yuan for this, and new added broadband subscribers will reach 50 million.

There are total 6 parts in this proposal. The first is about the importance of fiber optics network. The proposal points out that there are still several problmes in the FTTx construction in today's China, including deployment difficulty inside community because of competition of carriers, shortage of broadband application, imbalance between urban and rural areas. The second part sets up the target. The 3rd part is about cooperations among governemnt institutions and standards. The 4th part aimes to encourage related enterprises to develope fiber optics broadband application, to encourage local government to provide subsidies to those related enterprises. The 6th part is to encourage related component and equipment suppliers, to ask service providers share their facilities. And the last part is about cooradination.

Compared to FCC's new broadband plan, China's plan is far less ambitous. And also there is no detailed content about how those 150 billion Yuan will be distributed. Like many ambiguous proposals from China's government, we can not see direct stimulation for the fiber optics industry from this proposal. But anyway, this is a good news. we have waited this for many years.

Recently, there are really many news about the FTTx construction in mainland China. For example:

April 1,2010, Xiemen Telecom announces they can realize 100Mbps FTTH in about 900 communities. But their current service is just 2Mbps.

April 7, 2010, Hangzhou introduces 10Mbps and 20Mbps broadband services, the charge is 258 Yuan and 388 Yuan each month. The access network will support 100Mbps bandwidth in the future.

April 9,2010, Sichuan Telecom, Sichuan Unicom and Sichuan Mobile announced to invest 8.3 billion in the comming 3 years for FTTx consturction.

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Thursday, April 08, 2010

Ten keywords about Huawei 2009

April 8,2010, There is a popular blog article about Huawei these days in China. The title of the article is "Top 10 keywords inside Huawei in year 2009". The author Yu bin is a freelance writer in Nanjing city. In his article,he gives all these keywords their reference, either from Huawei president Ren zhengfei's speech, or from some other inner document of Huawei. All these keywords are chosed by Yu himself. But anyway from these significant Huawei style words, you can understand more about this Chinese telecom giant.

1)To call for shell fire.

In January 2009, Ren gave a speech on Huawei's customer service awarding conference. During the speech, Ren mentioned "who calls for shell fire? and who provides shell fire?" Ren used this expression to push process management reform inside Huawei. He demands to let those who can here shellfire to make the final decision.

2)To dig waterway deep, to make dam shallow

This expression is from Dujiangyan (a famous ancient Sichuan irrigation infrastructure)'s builder Mr. Li Bing. Ren used this expression in April's operation and delivery conference. To dig waterway deep, means to increase operation efficiency. To make dam shallow means to share profit with customers and suppliers.

3)Iron triangle

When carbon atoms are arranged in a variation of the face-centered cubic crystal structure (Iron triangle), it is diamond. Ren uses this expression to describe the solid relation among customer, product and solution, delivery.


Shangganling battle is one of the most famous battles in Korea war. In Huawei, Shangganling means those areas where natural condition is bad. Ren hopes his employees to learn from heroes in the Shangganling battle.

5)Resource pool
This is the pool for all back up managers of Huawei.

6) Three major campaigns

Launched by the People's Liberation Army (PLA) during the late stage of the Chinese Civil War, 3 major campaigns made the foundation of People's republic of China. In year 2009, in order to get bigger market share from China's 3G launch, Huawei also launched 3 major campaigns.

7)The Little Match Girl

Using this story from Hans Christian Andersen, Ren hopes his employees to care about those poor people.

8)To wash feet for your parent
Before 2009's Chinese new year vocation, Ren asked his employees to wash their parent's feet when they went home. This kind of behavior is considered Huawei employee's family responsibility.

This is from Huawei's carder management system. Ren asked his employee to impeach those bad managers.

10) LTC
It is a acronym of three English words "Leads to cash", the key of Huawei's management process reform.

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