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China Unicom and Deutsche Telekom announced a strategic partnership at Mobile World Congress 2017. From now on, both firms will jointly enhance their M2M competencies and promote the expansion of existing and new technologies such as NarrowBand IoT and the expansion of IoT platforms, with the goal to lay a firm foundation for continued growth and joint business opportunities in Europe and China.

The cooperation allows customers from Deutsche Telekom to equip and manage devices with M2M connectivity also in China and manage this connectivity via the same portal that they use for Europe and other regions. China Unicom customers will experience the same benefits on the China Unicom portal when they are offering M2M products and solutions in Europe.

This move is important because the demand for global M2M connectivity is increasing. According to the GSMA, China will account for 39 percent of all global cellular M2M connections by 2020, representing by far the largest M2M market. German technology and service companies are already investing heavily in tapping the potential of the emerging Chinese M2M and IoT markets.

On the other side, Chinese Internet and technology companies have entered the field of IoT through wearable intelligent terminals, smart home, mobile health care, and many other businesses, and are eager to offer their services also in Europe. The interconnection of the Deutsche Telekom and China Unicom platforms will offer simple access for German and Chinese M2M customers to the other respective network.

"With this agreement, we take a next step toward greater developments in the area of M2M connectivity for our customers. Our partnership with China Unicom accelerates business opportunities and paves the way for new services and applications for our globally operating customers," said Claudia Nemat, Member of the Deutsche Telekom Board of Management, Technology and Innovation. "Not only will this partnership underline both our technological advances but we will also be able to learn from one another. We are looking forward to exchanging ideas and sharing experiences."

"We believe this is a good time for China Unicom and Deutsche Telekom to cooperate both technologically and commercially to jointly explore the Business opportunity in both China and Europe," said Mr. Yimin Lu, President of China Unicom. "China Unicom looks forward to future development of M2M connectivity that we will be able to offer our customers operating globally through this partnership with Deutsche Telekom. By creating synergies, we intend to shape the pathway towards future M2M connectivity as the leading global provider."

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SAP and Lenovo announced a partnership under which Lenovo will deliver a new enterprise cloud solution created exclusively for customers holding licenses for the SAP HANA platform in China. The solution will be named “Lenovo Enterprise Cloud designed for SAP HANA” and is intended to open a simple and powerful migration path for China customers seeking to leverage their investments in SAP HANA offsite in a cloud environment.

SAP and Lenovo passed the one-year mark of an expanded strategic alliance announced last year in January. The latest announcement follows several other significant milestones achieved in 2016 as part of the companies’ joint commitment to develop new cloud solutions for the Chinese market, pioneer global innovations leveraging SAP HANA and Lenovo server technologies, and executive collaborative go-to-market programs.

The two companies have worked together since 2010, particularly in China. Lenovo’s new solution will be customized with support from SAP, to optimize performance availability running SAP HANA-based applications such as real-time data analytics. The core infrastructure will employ Lenovo’s effective System x3850 and x3950 X6 servers, while the System x3650 M5 will power the application servers.

“This new dimension of our partnership with Lenovo gives China enterprises access to a powerful, highly scalable cloud solution for rapidly and efficiently deploying applications running on SAP HANA off premise,” said Edward Chen, chief business officer, SAP Greater China. “Also, we anticipate that Lenovo Enterprise Cloud designed for SAP HANA will be a compelling option for customers because it leverages the company’s high-performance server technology, as well as its deep skills and experience in delivering these applications.”

Lenovo will build and operate the end-to-end cloud data center infrastructure for the solution in China, while also managing and supporting its SAP HANA database and applications, including customer technical support such as a hotline service. SAP and Lenovo will together expand market presence and offer off-premise solutions to customers in China. SAP will help Lenovo with quality assurance during the deployment and support process.

With the agreement, Lenovo gains a major new channel for its industry-leading capabilities in deploying SAP HANA and delivering its benefits. The company currently is among the largest SAP customers in China and also runs one of the largest instances of SAP HANA in the Asia Pacific region. By deploying SAP HANA in-memory database technology deeply in its own organization using its own infrastructure, Lenovo has developed vast knowledge of how to optimize application performance, as well as implement the technology rapidly and efficiently, which it applies to customer engagements.

Chinese electronics manufacturer Xiaomi have finally ended months of speculation by officially announcing its intentions to launch in Pakistan with analysts suggesting that this move represents the firm’s ambition to restart its global expansion.

The Chinese gadget manufacturer has expanded at a pedestrian since its 2011 debut in China. Xiaomi, which is headquartered in Beijing – focused initially on Southeast Asia, India and parts of the Middle East and Brazil – and its proposed entry into Pakistan is the company’s largest since that move to South America in 2015.

The declaration from Xiaomi finally ends months of official denials from the firm – Pakistan is the world’s sixth most populous country in the world, and represents a potentially lucrative market for the Chinese smartphone maker.

Like its introduction to Brazil, Xiaomi will enter Pakistan through a distribution partnership – with Rocket Internet’s e-commerce marketplace Daraz which is present in locations such as Pakistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Sri Lanka.

Jack Yung, Sales director for Xiaomi, in South Asia, disclosed that three models will be introduced to the market on an initial basis – coupled with plans to make its budget Redmi Note 4 and Redmi 4A also available.

Chinese smartphones have had a presence in Pakistan for a number of years - brands such as Huawei and Oppo have enjoyed success in the region. Part of their marketing strategy was to use celebrities and sporting personalities to push their products, while also embarking on extensive billboard advertising and primetime spots on national television.

Analysts feel Xiaomi could find it difficult to penetrate the market in Pakistan, its introduction will be met with a wave of publicity and fanfare – but with its insistence on selling exclusively online it may find it hard to carve out a space for itself. In Pakistan, most shopping is done offline; some estimates of the e-commerce sector vary between US$40 million and US$50 million. So, unless Xiaomi decides to change tact and place its phones and gadgets in retail outlets, then it may face challenges.

Pakistan is adding one million 3G/4G connections every month, and smartphone imports increased by a whopping 124% in the first quarter of 2015, according to data provided by the IDC. However, still large parts of the country’s vast population remains off line, so there is a large demand for cheap, sturdy, 3G phones in the marketplace.

Published in Telecom Vendors

China’s ZTE has announced that it will unveil its first ‘gigabit’ handset at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week. The eagerly anticipated device is set to contain 360-degree panoramic video capabilities, enhanced HD video and cloud storage.

Full specifications of the new handset remain under wraps, but the Chinese company teased the Barcelona launch of the ZTE Gigabit Phone alongside an upgraded version of its flagship Axon7 and other new products in its Blaze series.

ZTE have further disclosed that its new device offers an improved entertainment experience –which includes a fast cache of high quality music and video content. In a statement issued by the Chinese firm they revealed that the new ZTE Gigabit Phone represented an important cornerstone on the path to 5G.

A spokesman said: “The introduction of the forward-looking smartphone, the ZTE Gigabit Phone, marks an important cornerstone for the 5G mobile era.” In addition to this, ZTE believes the device will revolutionize ‘connectivity’ with a new standard of download speeds, 1Gb/s, bringing a qualitative leap to a new world of mobile experience.

Analysts are predicted that Gigabit LTE will be a key theme at Mobile World Congress this year, which follows a demonstration of network technology which was conducted by Australian firm Telstra in January.

Analyst firm CCS offered their predictions for MWC, they said: “Gigabit LTE is going to be the headline story when it comes to network evolution. To deliver the download speeds to consumers, they will need a device able of accessing next-generation technology.”

Published in Devices

Chinese smartphone maker Huawei has gained significant ground on industry giants Apple and Samsung following a report issued by consultancy group Gartner. Samsung’s high-profile debacle with its Galaxy Note 7 impacted negatively on the organizations market share and that allowed Huawei to catch-up with their South Korean rivals.

Huawei has enjoyed a huge growth in sales, the Chinese company seen its sales increase by a whopping 26.7%, while both Samsung and US colossus Apple seen both their sales decline by 4.3%. This has enabled Huawei to increase its share in the smartphone market to 8.9% which is a rise of 7.3% from the previous twelve months.

In contrast to this Samsung seen its market share shrink by almost 2% to 20.5% - while Apple’s reduced to 14.4% from 15.9% - analysts have suggested that the results now clearly indicate that Huawei now appear to be the biggest challenger to both Samsung and Apple.

Gartner analyst, Annette Zimmermann said the results showed a huge progression for Huawei compared to other years. She said, “Chinese makers succeeded in winning market share over last year and Huawei now seems to be the main rival to the two giants, even if the gap remains large. We're seeing a very real progression compared with earlier years, when the number three maker and the others had struggled to hold on to a market share of more than four percent.”

Huawei results are all the more impressive when you consider the competitive nature of the smartphone industry in China alone, Huawei faces competition from other Chinese smartphone makers such as OPPO, BBK Communication Equipment (with its One Plus and Vivo brands), ZTE, Xiaomi and Lenovo.

In the fourth quarter of 2016 alone, Apple’s launch of its iPhone7 enabled it to take top slot in market share pushing Samsung off the top in the process. The South Korean firm where forced to recall of its Note 7 units. Samsung sold 76.8 million smartphones from October –December which gave it a global market share of 17.8% - while Apple edged them out narrowly with a 17.9% share in the market. Huawei had an overall market share of 9.5% after selling 40.8 million phones.

Zimmerman added, "Huawei looks likely to strengthen its position again this year. Preliminary data for the current quarter suggest that Samsung will overtake Apple again. But it's remarkable that Apple can hold on to that sort of share of the market with a closed eco-system.”

With regard to the different operating systems, Android, which is used by the large majority of smartphone makers, commands a market share of 81.7 percent, while Apple's iOS operating system of its iPhones and iPads accounts for 17.9 percent of the market.

Published in Telecom Vendors

Huawei announced that it has become an executive corporate member of the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA). The CSA is committed to ensuring the security of cloud services. Today, with the addition of Huawei, the CSA has nine executive corporate members. Executive members receive special access to the leadership team and board of directors of the CSA via an advisory group, the Executive Membership Council.

Huawei joined the CSA in 2012. The company has participated in several working groups such as the virtualization working group and is the main contributor to CSA’s “Mitigating Risks in a Virtualized Environment White Paper”.

Huawei also helped to create an ISO/IEC JTC1 virtualization security standard on behalf of the CSA. Based on its contributions to the CSA and the industry, the CSA International Standardization Council (ISC) granted Huawei one of its 10 member seats in 2014. The ISC is responsible for coordinating all aspects of standardization efforts within the CSA.

As a leading provider of cloud computing solutions, Huawei's CSA Executive membership is part of the company's commitment to developing more open, cooperative and secure cloud ecosystems.

Huawei will work with the CSA and its members to advance their innovative efforts, such as the Cloud component specification working group and cloud security services management working group, to ensure that users of cloud services have confidence in the security of their information. Huawei is willing to utilize its expertise and advocate for more CSA members to work together to improve the security of cloud services.

"Through our partnership with global telecommunications operators and cloud service providers, such as China Telecom, Deutsche Telekom, and Telefonica, Huawei has developed valuable, real life experience in security of information and control in the cloud,” said John Suffolk, Global Cyber Security & Privacy Protection Officer (GSPO) of Huawei. “We look forward to working with the Cloud Security Alliance as an executive member to share that expertise to the betterment of the cloud computing industry.”

"In 2012, we welcomed Huawei join the group of industry leaders that comprises the CSA," said Jim Reavis, Co-founder and CEO of the CSA. "As a trusted partner to most of the world's top network operators, we now welcome Huawei’s expertise and contributions to both our ongoing and new research initiatives that continue to improve the security of cloud computing."

Published in Telecom Vendors

China is reportedly working towards developing a prototype exascale computer, which refers to computing systems capable of at least one exaFLOPS, or a billion, billion calculations per second. Such capacity represents a thousandfold increase over the first petascale computer that came into operation in 2008. If China is successful, it would secure the nation’s status as a leading power in supercomputing.

In June last year China made waves when it announced the completion of the world’s current fastest computer, the Sunway TaihuLight, which was twice as fast as the previous fastest model. The Sunway TaihuLight was a breakthrough for China, because it was made using only locally made microchips, making it the first time a country has made a top computer without using US technology.

But that computer pales in comparison to exascale computers which, if completed, could execute at least one quintillion (a billion, billion) calculations per second. A prototype of the supercomputer is currently in the works, according to Zhang Ting, an application engineer at the National Supercomputer Center in the port city of Tianjin, who spoke to Xinhua News agency, but a complete version of the prototype is still a few years off, he said.

“A complete computing system of the exascale supercomputer and its applications can only be expected in 2020, and will be 200 times more powerful than the country’s first petaflop computer Tianhe-1, recognized as the world’s fastest in 2010,” said Ting.

He added that the exascale computer could have applications in big data and cloud computing work, and that the prototype in China would lead the world in data transmission efficiency as well as calculation speed. China is flexing its technical muscle, last year having more top-ranked supercomputers than the U.S. featured on tracking website Top500.org, with 167 compared to 165.

Two of the world’s top ten fastest computers reside in China, and only five reside in the United States, as of November, according to the Top500 ranking. The other supercomputers reside in Japan and Switzerland. China is said to be pouring money into major science and technology projects to secure its leading position. However, despite some gains the country's scientific output still lags behind, and its universities generally fare poorly in global rankings.

The Chinese government is set to open the telecoms industry to private investment as part of its efforts to improve the country’s internet service – which it has identified as a key driver of economic growth. A notice from the Central Committee and the State Council stated that the government would be given a free rein to telecoms companies in the development of the internet.

The government has been calling for a reduction in costs in relation to telecoms fees over the last number of months – and reiterated that it was committed to bolstering competition by easing rules and curbing subsidies. The notice also pledged to allow venture capital firms and small interest businesses access to more freedom.

This development is the latest in a long line of efforts by the Chinese government to fuel competition in the telecoms sector. In the last two years they have initiated a number of campaigns all with the specific aim of reducing fees and increasing the speed of internet service, particularly in rural areas. One of these initiatives was the ‘Internet Plus Plan’ which was announced in 2015 – it aims to integrate mobile internet, cloud computing, big data and Internet of Things with traditional industries in the hope that it can encourage development of e-commerce and modern manufacturing in strategic sectors. 

The country’s three state-owned operators China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom have a virtual monopoly on telecoms service. Although China’s Ministry of Industry and Information (MIIT) issued 37 MVNO licenses in 2014, the virtual operators have signed up only about 20 million subscribers, a small fraction of the country’s 1.3 billion mobile users.

Some have been critical of the country’s mobile internet service, and it has been labeled expensive and slow. The telecoms regulator subsequently intervened and put pressure on industry players to reduce prices and improve speeds across the country. China’s top three operators committed to reducing data prices by 20% and improved network speeds.

In 2016, MIIT was granted a telecoms license to China Broadcasting Network (CBN) which ultimately created a fourth player in the telecoms industry, but it is unlikely that it will speed up broadcasting-telecoms network convergence in the region.

In another sign the government is opening up the incumbents to market pressures and opportunities, China recently revised its spectrum regulations which offers hope the country’s 5G frequencies can be made available via a market-based approach rather than relying on administrative approval as in the past.

According to the new Radio Regulations, which came into effect on 1 December, the country’s radio frequency resources can be allocated through administrative approvals and a market-based approach, which includes bidding and auctions.

Published in Government

China have ordered that all app stores must register with the government in order to operate legally in the region - after it claimed that some applications were guilty of spreading illegal information. Chinese authorities insist the motivation behind the move is to protect users from misinformation and security risks.

The Chinese government has long established a reputation for exerting its power over the control of the internet – and dictates to what over a billion of its residents can view online. However, it has now decided to monitor and cast its eye over Chinese app stores which is seen another demoralizing act of censorship.

According to a report in The New York Times, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) has ordered all app stores to register with them if they want to operate legally within the country – this will come into effect as of January 16th.

Some tech analysts feel that the Chinese government introduced this new legislation due to the marketplace fragmentation of the app sector. That particular marketplace has always been difficult for authorities to exert its control and influence. However, some feel the campaign is an exercise in futility given the ease in which applications can be distributed independently to any app store.

An official statement from the CAC’s website said: “Many apps have been found to spread illegal information, violate user rights or contain security risks. Registration means that it’s clear who is responsible for each particular app store, and the government can take action should an app or app store run afoul of the law.”

The Chinese app store market is a bit of an aberration. Present is the iOS app store, although in a sanitized form for local audiences.

Just three weeks ago, Apple removed the English and Chinese-language versions of the New York Times app from its Chinese store, after the Chinese government told Apple they were in breach of unspecified local regulations.

Meanwhile, Android (which is the most popular operating system in the Chinese market) exists without the Google Play store, which is blocked by the great firewall. In its place are several unofficial third-party app stores, all of varying quality. These are largely operated by local firms like Tencent, Baido, Qihoo 360, Xiaomi, and Alibaba.

Published in Apps

China’s Central Bank caused Bitcoin’s prices to plummet

Written on Thursday, 12 January 2017 08:50

Bitcoin, the decentralized cryptocurrency and a payment system, saw its prices drop recently after China’s Central Bank announced it was investigating exchange platforms trading in the online currency. Confidence in Bitcoin dropped because of fears that Beijing could be leading a crackdown on the digital currency as part of its increasing battle against money flowing overseas.

The Chinese investigation into Bitcoin was announced on Wednesday, January 11. Inspection teams dispatched by the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) were sent to several of China’s major Bitcoin trading platforms in Beijing and Shanghai. It was concerning for Bitcoin, seeing as most of the world’s Bitcoin trading takes place in China.

Earlier in January, Bitcoin’s prices surged above $1,100 as a result of investors embracing the currency after the yuan hit eight-year lows. But when the PBoC announced its investigation into Bitcoin, the digital currency’s value plunged.

The Bitcoin Price Index, an average of the major exchanges, dropped more than 15 percent to an intraday low of $752.11 on January 11. The following day, prices recovered slightly to $768.76, but still very low compared to the previous week.

“China giveth and China taketh away,” said Gil Luria, an analyst at Wedbush Securities, speaking to Bloomberg News. “The rally in Bitcoin over the preceding few weeks was likely driven by Chinese capital flight and speculation, which is why concerns about China taking a firmer stance against the use of Bitcoin is likely putting pressure on the price.”

The PBoC investigation was targeting foreign currency exchange, market manipulation, money laundering and financial security risks, according to the bank's statement.

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