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Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has unveiled its newest flagship smartphone – and the organization is confident the device can have a positive impact in the saturated smartphone industry. Xiaomi CEO conceded that the company had suffered a significant sales slump last year, and that it was going through somewhat of a ‘transitional period’.

However, that pessimism has been replaced with optimism with the launch of the ‘Mi 6’ smartphone. Management at Xiaomi believe the new device can serve as a catalyst that will see them make up for lost ground on rivals, after a disappointing 2016. The Chinese conglomerate launched the ‘Mi 6’ at an event in Beijing, having shelved plans to launch it at MWC in Barcelona, earlier this year.

Well what is so different about this product that has Xiaomi representatives believing it will provide a pathway back to challenge the titans of the smartphone sector? The first striking feature is the similarity to that of the iPhone 7, but the price isn’t one of them. The entry model — featuring 64 GB of storage — comes in at 2499 RMB, that’s around $360, with a 128 GB option (2899 RMB, $420) and ceramic edition (2999 RMB, $435) completing the range. All three are far cheaper than iPhone equivalents, but, interestingly for Xiaomi, the range is more expensive than the company’s usual flagship prices.

Another quite obvious iPhone comparison that stands out is that there is no headphone jack on Xiaomi’s new device, just as Apple elected to do with last year’s iPhone 7. The Chinese firm has seemingly followed that trend, or is doing what makes sense for itself in this instance, that is already ammo for Xiaomi skeptics.

With the Mi 6, Xiaomi has bumped up its RAM to 6GB, the most it has ever offered in a smartphone. The device is powered by a Snapdragon 835 10nm processor with a 64-bit, octa-core CPU with a whopping 3350 mAh battery that the company said will last a day thanks to “optimization” controls built into its MIUI operating system. 

The device will go on sale from a number of selected stores in China in the next few days, expansion into international markets carefully selected by executives will commence at a later date, Xiaomi declined to provide a specific date it plans to initiate this launch. Xiaomi suffered a huge blow when the dynamic face of the organization, Hugo Barra decided to quit the company to lead Facebook’s VR department.

Xiaomi revealed it cleared $1 billion in revenue in India, its second largest market behind China, last year, while Lei Jun added that it ranks second in the country, but nothing has been said of its performance in the other 20-odd countries where its phones are sold.

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Nokia and China Unicom are conducting a live trial in China Unicom's commercial network using the Nokia Virtualized Services Router (VSR). The trial involves more than 5,000 residential subscribers and allows China Unicom to simplify and accelerate the delivery of residential broadband using a new, agile and flexible network which is based on virtualized network functions (VNFs).

The initial trial is being carried out in the province of Shandong and will expand to the other parts of the country over the next two years as it evolves to the next phase, which will include delivery of IPTV services.

China Unicom is adopting Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) to enhance efficiency, agility, openness and scaling capabilities to evolve to a cloud-ready network. The successful trial of the industry-proven Nokia VSR will increase operational efficiency and enable faster creation and delivery of new services.

The trial uses the Nokia VSR as a next-generation, virtualized Broadband Network Gateway (BNG) for residential subscriber management functions and advanced service capabilities. As part of its initiative to transform its metro service edge, China Unicom plans to migrate massive BNG services to the virtualized platform to leverage the opportunities of the cloud era.

"We are proud to be a part of China Unicom's initiative to evolve its metro edge to a cloud-centric architecture,” said Sri Reddy, head of IP Routing and Packet Core business at Nokia. “The Nokia VSR provides delivery of broad and rich virtualized IP edge applications with superior performance and enhanced scalability. Upon completion of this network transformation project, China Unicom will ensure increased operational efficiency and deliver a superior customer experience for its subscribers."

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Over 500 industry analysts, media representatives, and opinion leaders across a range of disciplines gathered in Shenzhen on April 11 for the 14th annual Huawei Global Analyst Summit (HAS).

Hosted by leading global information and communications (ICT) solutions provider, Huawei Technologies, the analyst summit will highlight Huawei's latest innovations, business practices, and solutions in domains like cloud services, video, the Internet of Things (IoT), AI, and digital transformation. Huawei will also take this opportunity to discuss its strategy in these domains.

Eric Xu, Huawei's Rotating CEO, opened the summit with an in-depth overview of the company's strategy: "The journey to an intelligent world has already begun," he said. "Many years of exploration and innovation in technology are driving industry development, presenting huge business opportunities. Huawei will remain committed to building more connections, enlarging data pipes, and driving digital transformation. By focusing on ICT infrastructure and smart devices, we will enable this intelligent world and drive its ongoing progress."

Xu went on to discuss how providing cloud services have already become a basic business model: "Beginning in 2017, Huawei will focus on public cloud services. We will invest heavily in building an open and trusted public cloud platform, which will be the foundation of a Huawei Cloud Family. This family will include public clouds we develop together with operators, and public clouds that we operate on our own."

William Xu, Executive Director and Chief Strategy Marketing Officer at Huawei, expanded on Eric's keynote to discuss new opportunities brought about by digital transformation: "Digital transformation opens up immense new potential for value-driven growth in traditional industries," he said.

"Naturally, industries are eager to tap into this potential. According to findings from the 2017 Global Connectivity Index, digitization is gaining momentum around the globe. Investment in cloud computing is ramping up on a regional and national scale, and the cloud is seeing broader application. This will help industries go digital—and fast."

William Xu noted that ICT infrastructure is an important pillar of national economic growth, and that the cloud in particular is key to unleashing the power of connectivity. For this reason, Huawei recommends that countries and industries turn their attention to digital transformation as a driver for growth, and pursue greater development and investment opportunities in emerging fields like cloud computing, IoT, and big data in order to reap the benefits of technological development.

In his presentation, Ryan Ding, Executive Director and President of Products & Solutions at Huawei, reminded attendees that "during last year's summit, we made a commitment to advocate, promote, and lead the All-Cloud evolution. We have done this, and have now shifted our focus to getting All-Cloud off the ground and driving commercialization. Beyond this, as we stand at the edge of a trillion-dollar video market, Huawei is also positioning itself as an enabler of operator and vertical success in their video businesses. Our All-Cloud and video strategies require the support of a symbiotic ecosystem. Huawei welcomes partners with open arms to collaboratively push for new growth in the ICT industry ecosystem."

Huawei adheres to principles of openness, collaboration, and shared success across the ecosystem. The company has doubled down on its commitment to customer-centricity, and over the past few years has stepped up its efforts to develop and invest in industry alliances, business alliances, open source communities, and developer platforms. Huawei's goal is to help each of its partners maximize the potential of their unique strengths, thereby growing the industry and cultivating a sustainable, symbiotic ecosystem.

The first HAS was held in 2004, and has continued annually for 14 consecutive years. This year's summit runs from April 11 to 13, with multiple parallel sessions. Attendees include industry experts from around the world, all of whom provide their unique insight into a variety of topics and trends.        

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US tech giants Apple have seen a ban prohibiting the company from selling its iPhone 6 phones in China overturned following a legal hearing. A Chinese court ruled in its favor in a patent dispute between the Californian based company and a domestic phone-maker. The legal row began in May last year, when a Beijing based patent regulator took the decision to order Apple’s Chinese subsidiary and local retailer Zoom-Flight to immediately stop selling iPhones after Shenzhen Baili Marketing Services lodged an official complaint with the regulatory authority.

The company claimed that the patent for the design of its mobile phone 100c was being infringed by the iPhone sales. Apple strongly objected to both the claims and subsequent decision to ban the sale of iPhone 6 devices by the regulatory authorities. Management at Apple and Zoom-Flight launched legal proceedings and took the Beijing Intellectual Property Office’s ban to courts.

At the hearing, the court decided to revoke the ban imposed on Apple and Zoom-Flight and declared that both organizations did not violate Shenzhen Baili’s design patent for 100c phones. The court said that the regulator did not follow due procedures in ordering the ban. In addition to this, the court said there was a distinct lack of sufficient proof to claim the designs constituted a violation of intellectual property rights.

It has not yet been disclosed whether or not representatives of Beijing Intellectual Property Office and Shenzhen Baili will appeal the decision by the court, and a spokesman representing both organizations said they would take time before making a decision in relation to the legal ruling. In addition to this, the same court denied Apple’s demand to strip Shenzhen Baili of its design patent for 100c phone.

Apple first filed the request to the Patent Reexamination Board of State Intellectual Property Office. The board rejected the request, but Apple lodged a lawsuit against the rejection. The Beijing Intellectual Property Court on Friday ruled to maintain the board's decision. It is unclear if Apple will appeal.

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Xiaomi says it produces one device every second in India

Written on Monday, 27 March 2017 13:00

Smartphone maker Xiaomi has revealed is produces one device every second in India. The Chinese tech colossus says a staggering 95 percent of Xiaomi smartphones being sold in India were being made in the country.

The disclosure was made by vice president and managing director of Xiaomi India, Manu Jain, at the announcement of a new manufacturing plant in the scenic coastal city of Vizag in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Xiaomi also disclosed details of its latest phone the Redmi 4A.

Mr. Jain said, “With this new plant and our latest Redmi 4A, we are truly excited to be playing a role in enhancing the quality of life for people in India and being a part of the fabric of the country. “We have been able to create employment for more than 5,000 people. Over 90 percent of the workforce will be women.”

Jain thanked Foxconn for being Xiaomi’s manufacturing partner in India.

However, the news for Xiaomi isn’t so good at home in China. Its smartphone sales took a whipping, falling by 36 percent, which left the organization in fifth place in the smartphone sales chart. Huawei, Vivo, Apple and OPPO are all ahead.

It appears Xiaomi’s investment in India has paid off. At the start of the year it announced that it crossed the US$1bn revenue mark in the country, this result comes just two years after its official launch in India.

Former vice president of Xiaomi, Hugo Barra, first announced Xiaomi’s intentions to open the manufacturing plant in Vizag back in August 2015. At the time, the former VP said, “Manufacturing smartphones locally is a significant step towards incorporating Xiaomi into the fabric of India in the years to come.”

However, two months ago, Barra stunned the organization when he quit his role with Xiaomi – to take up a new post in Silicon Valley with social networking leader Facebook. Barra has been tasked with the responsibility of leading Facebook’s VR team.

By March 2016, it was also revealed that over 75 percent of Xiaomi phones being sold in India where being manufactured in its plant in the region. However, with a second manufacturing plant now in operation, Xiaomi will now be able to produce one phone every second during its operational hours.

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Nations around the world have watched with envy as India has garnered a reputation for being a budget-friendly option for launching satellites into space. In February this year, India broke the world record of sending the most satellites into orbit on a single mission, securing the nation's reputation as a reliable and well-priced satellite launcher. The nation's success hasn't gone unnoticed by its top regional competitor.

The government-run Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) launched 104 satellites in a single mission on February 15, 2017, overtaking the previous record held by Russia which launched 37 satellites in a single mission in 2014. The purpose of the mission wasn't to launch just Indian satellites – it launched satellites for other nations around the world – a task India has become famous for.

Just three of the satellites launched by India were Indian, while most of them were from the United States, which sent 96 of the 104 satellites into space via India's launch. Israel, Kazakhstan, the United Arab Emirates, Switzerland and the Netherlands were among the other clients. According to reports, many of the satellites in the launch have earth-imaging capability and belong to US company 'Planet'.

Observers of the launch, which took place at the Sriharikota space center in east India, noted that the event was a clear indicator that India is emerging as a key player in the multi-billion dollar space industry, by marketing itself as a low-cost option. Speaking to reporters at the launch, project director B Jayakumar said: "This is a great moment for each and every one of us. Today we have created history."

Among the many to applaud India on its achievement was Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who congratulated the scientists in charge of the mission. Modi called the event a "remarkable feat" which was "yet another proud moment" for India's space scientific community and the nation. "India salutes our scientists," he said.

On board the launch was an Indian cartographic satellite, believed to be capable of taking high-resolution images. The satellite is expected to be used to monitor regional rivals such as Pakistan and China.

It hasn't gone unnoticed by China that India has done a better job at promoting satellite launch technology, which could prompt Beijing to fast-track commercialization of its rocket launches to fight for the world's small satellite market, according to Chinese officials.

"The launch indicated that India can send commercial satellites into space at lower costs, giving the country competitiveness in the global race for the burgeoning commercial space businesses," said Zhang Yonghe, director of the new technology department of the Shanghai Engineering Centre for Microsatellites, who was quoted by Chinese media.

In a Chinese-run state media report titled 'India's satellite launch ramps up space race', Chinese officials indicate that China will likely move forward with commercialization of its rocket launches after India's global success. India beat China to the race by reaching Mars first in 2014 and has now stolen the show again by putting 104 satellites into orbit in a single rocket launch.

"The Wednesday's launch is India's latest triumph for its space program," reported Chinese national newspaper the Global Times. "In 2014, India became the fourth country to successfully send a spacecraft to orbit Mars, signaling a regional rivalry with China which suffered in its Mars mission in 2012," it read.

A Communist Party of China publication noted that while the recent achievement made Indians proud, the impact it will have is "limited". The report praised the record braking launch labeling it "India's triumph", but added, "with respect to the research and development of both military and commercial rocket launch services, India lags behind China, the US and Russia."

Zhang Yonghe was quoted as saying: "India cannot match them yet unless it has enough rocket types to fulfill all satellite launches."

Regardless, India's Space Research Organization is on a successful path with a past to prove it. In 2014 the first Indian spacecraft reached Mars. The ISRO Mars mission cost $74 million, in comparison to the United States space agency, NASA, which spent $670 million on its Mars mission a few months later. India's effort was welcomed as evidence that an economical program can achieve technological success.

Another significant achievement for India was in September 2016 when the nation sent up eight satellites into two separate orbits in a single mission, which was a first for ISRO, allowing it to reach another milestone in its low-cost space mission. It was the 37th flight for ISRO's rocket, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). A further seven satellites were sent up into a different orbit carrying three for Algeria: one each from Canada and the US, and two for Indian educational institutions.

India's space agency is now experienced in sending satellites into space, but this was the first time that the agency had sent up satellites into two different orbits. The mission was also the rocket's longest mission, taking about two hours and 15 minutes to complete, according to ISRO.

"It was a moment of immense joy and pride for India," said Narendra Modi in a congratulatory message after the launch. He said that the successful launch "touched the lives" of 1.25 billion Indians and "made India proud worldwide".

India has increased the budget for its space program. It also has set up a fund for a possible second mission to Mars and its first trip to Venus. But some scientists have spoken with similar criticism to the Chinese report, in saying that while India can send smaller satellites into space, it still has some way to go before it can launch heavier ones.

In the Chinese report, Xue Lijun, general manager assistant of Shenzhen Aerospace Dongfanghong Development Ltd., acknowledged that India's recent launch was significant in terms of numbers, but not significant in terms of technology. The report quoted another "expert" as saying, "The 104 satellites are mostly in the same orbit, indicating that India still lacks capabilities of sending multiple satellites into various orbits."

Nevertheless, the demand for connectivity, on-the-go and everywhere, is a tremendous growth driver for the satellite industry today, particularly among governments, which has increased the demand for cheaper satellite launches.  Therefore, India has risen to the challenge. Last year the nation launched 75 satellites for foreign customers.

India celebrated the successful launch of 20 satellites in a single mission on June 22 last year, which was recognized at the time as the most significant launch of India's ambitious space program. The satellites sent to space belonged to the United States, Canada, Germany and Indonesia. The launch also took place at the Sriharikota space center.

Experts said the launch indicated how the developing nation was emerging as a major player in the multi-billion dollar space industry. The payload included an Indian cartographic satellite, as well as others belonging to India's universities and also international customers. Thirteen of the satellites were from the US, including one made by a Google-owned company.

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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.

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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.”

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