Showing posts with label China. Show all posts
Showing posts with label China. Show all posts

Sunday, June 23, 2019

WSJ: U.S. government assesses 5G supply chain

As part of a deep150-day review of the 5G supply chain, the U.S. government is considering regulations to require all 5G equipment to be designed and manufactured outside of China, according to The Wall Street Journal. The article says the proposed regulations, which are in an early stage of discussion, could lead Nokia and Ericsson to move operations out of China for systems destined for the U.S.

The Trump administration has already banned Huawei from the U.S. market and prohibited suppliers from selling U.S. origin technology to the firm.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-considers-requiring-5g-equipment-for-domestic-use-be-made-outside-china-11561313072





Wednesday, June 5, 2019

China issues four commercial 5G licences

China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) issued commercial 5G licenses to China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Telecom, and China Broadcasting Network.


http://www.miit.gov.cn/

Monday, April 22, 2019

Photronics opens manufacturing facilities in China

Photronics announced the grand opening of two new manufacturing facilities in China to engage in research and development, manufacture and sale of photomasks, becoming a critical local supplier to the China integrated circuit (IC) and flat panel display (FPD) industries.

The new IC manufacturing facility in Xiamen, China is the result of a $160 million investment agreement with The Administrative Committee of Xiamen Torch Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone (Xiamen Torch), a national-level hi-tech zone in China, announced in August 2016. The facility will support semiconductor manufacturing for a wide range of technologies and nodes in both logic and memory. Plans are for initial production to ramp quickly at 40nm and 28nm nodes, with process introduction leading to 14nm and beyond nodes shortly thereafter.

The facility in Hefei is wholly owned and focused on the FPD industry. Created under a $160 million investment agreement formed in August 2017 with the Hefei State High-tech Industry Development Zone (High-tech Zone), a national-level high-tech zone in China, to establish a manufacturing facility in Hefei, China, the factory is equipped to support Generation 10.5+ (G10.5+) substrate production. With this investment, Photronics is the first producer of G10.5+ photomasks in China, with more capacity than any other competitor. The cleanroom is fully automated, and the facility will employ approximately 70 people in manufacturing and supporting functions.

“I am extremely pleased to celebrate this milestone, opening two new state-of-the-art facilities in China to support our customers’ operations with locally sourced photomasks,” said Peter Kirlin, chief executive officer. “A tremendous amount of hard work and dedication have contributed to this achievement. The teams in Xiamen and Hefei have gone above and beyond, ensuring that we reach this goal. In addition, the support we have received from local authorities and investment agreement partners has been remarkable. We are proud to play a part in the development of these industries in China, and look forward to future growth opportunities. With the opening of these facilities, which are among the most advanced sites in our global network, we are the well on our way to extending our leadership position in the merchant mask market.”

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

GSMA: China’s mobile ecosystem equivalent to 5.5% of China’s GDP

China’s mobile ecosystem added RMB5.2 trillion ($750 billion) in value to the country’s economy last year, equivalent to 5.5 percent of China’s GDP in 20181, according to a new GSMA report.

Highlights:

  • China is the largest mobile market in the world, home to almost 1.2 billion unique mobile subscribers2 at the end of 2018, representing 82 percent of the country’s population;
  • More than two thirds (69 percent) of mobile connections in China3 are smartphones, with smartphone adoption expected to reach 88 percent of connections by 2025;
  • 77 percent of China’s connections are currently running on 4G networks – 4G adoption will peak in the coming years before falling as consumers migrate to next-generation mobile services;
  • China is set to become one of the world’s leading 5G markets with 460 million 5G connections forecast by 2025, which would account for 28 percent of China’s total connections by this point;
  • The RMB5.2 trillion ($750 billion) economic contribution by China’s mobile ecosystem in 2018 is forecast to grow to RMB6 trillion ($870 billion) by 2023;
  • China’s mobile ecosystem, directly and indirectly, supported 8.5 million jobs in 2018 and made a tax contribution to the public finances of government of RMB583 billion ($84 billion).
  • The number of licensed cellular IoT connections in China stood at 672 million at the end of 2018, supporting various industrial and smart cities applications.

The new report ‘The Mobile Economy China 2019’ is authored by GSMA Intelligence, the research arm of the GSMA.

“Our new report outlines how China’s mobile industry has been a key driver of economic growth, inclusion and modernisation – creating a new generation of digital consumers and transforming industry and society,” said Mats Granryd, Director General of the GSMA. “After spending billions over the last decade deploying 4G networks to all corners of the country, Chinese mobile operators are now set to invest a further RMB401 billion ($58 billion) over the next two years to prepare for and begin 5G rollouts, laying the groundwork for China to become one of the world’s leading 5G markets.”



https://www.gsma.com/r/mobileeconomy/china/

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Sicoya to build silicon photonics packaging factory in China

Sicoya GmbH, which specializes in monolithically integrated Silicon Photonics, announces the build of a new factory in Tianjin, China focusing on assembly and test of optical transceivers and engines.

The factory installation includes anti-vibration foundations and clean room facilities that will allow the factory to perform CMOS wafer level post-processing steps and downstream packaging processes.

Sicoya says the facility will serve the Chinese market and will manufacture transceivers and engines for the 5G wireless fronthaul and 100G/400G Ethernet-based datacenter application utilizing Sicoya's monolithically integrated Silicon Photonics chips.

"The Chinese Market is very important for Sicoya and customers require local manufacturing and services at scale," said Dr. Sven Otte, CEO of Sicoya.

International customers in the US or Europe will be served out of both the factory in Tianjin and complementary out of the factory in Berlin, Germany.

"We need to stay flexible with respect to the installed capacity of the two factories," said Peter Neumann VP of Operations at Sicoya. "In the past the industry tended to consolidate operations in one place to gain scale and utilization of overhead cost but today staying flexible and being able to react quickly to changes in the political environment becomes a key asset that customers appreciate," he continuous.

http://www.sicoya.com

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

BT receives IP-VPN and ISP licenses in China

BT has received nationwide licences from the China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

Specifically, the two ‘value added licences’, China nationwide Domestic IP-VPN licence and China nationwide Internet Service Provider (ISP) licence, enable BT China Communications Limited to contract directly with its customers in the country and bill them in local currency.

BT said the licences represent a major step for its business in China, where many of its multinational customers require secure and reliable connectivity to expand within the country.

Bas Burger, CEO of Global Services, BT, said: “We are delighted with this major benefit for our customers. Thanks to cooperation between the governments of the PRC and the UK, we are now able to offer a nationwide service in China that can be scaled up to match the ambitions and needs of our customers. Being able to service and bill locally significantly simplifies the process of delivering connectivity and other communication services. It is what our customers expect from us and we are very grateful for the opportunity to do this as of today.”

International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox MP said: "I am very pleased that close cooperation between the UK and Chinese governments has resulted in BT securing these licences which will enable it to operate across the country. This major milestone exemplifies the vital work of my international economic department to open up markets and ensure that UK firms are represented on the global stage."

Monday, January 21, 2019

Chayora advances its data center plans in China

Chayora, Hong Kong-based data centre infrastructure company, entered into a strategic partnership with Beijing Sinnet Technology to deliver bespoke network solutions and cloud services solutions for Chayora customers. In addition, Sinnet also plans to use the Chayora 300 MW hyperscale campus as a location for its retail colocation expansion in Beichen, northern Tianjin supporting the wider Beijing region.

Sinnet is the largest private retail and wholesale colocation operator in the Beijing / Hebei / Tianjin tri- province and as a network integrator and cloud licence holder will enable Chayora to provide a much wider range of services to international cloud, technology and colocation companies seeking scalable, high performance and world-class data centre solutions in China.

Mr Yang Yuhang, CEO of Beijing Sinnet Technology Co. Ltd commented: “We are very excited by the potential for our collaboration with Chayora. Sinnet in collaboration with Chayora will immediately be able to offer retail colocation services to data centre users seeking international standard facilities within the wider Beijing region taking advantage of the key benefits of Tianjin. Sinnet will also deliver high bandwidth, economically advantageous network solutions between Chayora’s Tianjin campus and Sinnet’s Jiuxianqiao Beijing hub location and other locations to satisfy the requirements of hyperscale cloud customers.”

Mr Oliver Jones, CEO of Chayora Holdings Limited said: “Through our new strategic partnership with Sinnet, we plan to collaborate initially in Tianjin to serve the greater Beijing area in order to fulfil the needs of a series of specific international and premium domestic high growth, hyperscale data centre users requiring world-class standards, high quality network connectivity and scalable power in the greater Beijing area. Being able to extend our service scope into both retail colocation services and provide cloud licence services with Sinnet is an important step in Chayora enabling access for international cloud, technology and colocation companies to China as the world’s largest online market.”


Monday, December 10, 2018

China issues 5G trial licenses in 2600, 3500 and 4900 MHz bands

China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology issued trial 5G licenses to China Telecom, China Mobile and China Unicom.

  • China Telecom and China Unicom obtained trial licenses for the 3500MHz band, 
  • China Mobile obtained trial licenses for the 2600MHz and 4900MHz bands. 


The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said the operators should now conduct base station 5G system tests, and carry out interference coordination work between 5G system base stations and other radio stations in the same frequency band, adjacent band satellite earth stations, etc.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Huawei's CFO is arrested in Canada, U.S. seeks extradition

Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer and deputy chairwoman of Huawei, was arrested in Vancouver, Canada on December 1st at the request of the U.S. government, which is seeking her extradition, according to multiple news sources. U.S. authorities reportedly are investigating violations of economic sanctions on Iran.

Meng Wanzhou (Sabrina Weng) is the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei.


  • A biography on Huawei's website says Meng Wanzhou joined the company in 1993 and has previously held the positions of Director of the International Accounting Dept, CFO of Huawei Hong Kong, and President of the Accounting Mgmt Dept. She is credited with the founding of five shared service centers around the world, the completion of Huawei's Global Payment Center in Shenzhen, leading an eight-year partnership with IBM focused on Integrated Financial Services.



Monday, November 12, 2018

Keysight validates Over-the-Air test method for 5G Base Stations

Keysight Technologies announced the validation of an Over-the-Air (OTA) test method for evaluating the radio frequency (RF) performance of 5G base stations in collaboration with the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT) and Tsinghua University.

The collaboration between Keysight, CAICT and Tsinghua University was established to accelerate the development and deployment of 5G networks in support of the Phase I Step 3 5G trials led by China’s IMT-2020 Promotion Group1. The test combined Keysight’s 5G signal generation and analysis solutions with a compact antenna test range (CATR) chamber to create the appropriate OTA test environment for 5G base station performance evaluation.

“Keysight is contributing to 5G OTA test research, development, and deployment, by collaborating with leading wireless research facilities and market leaders in China and around the world,” said Roger Nichols, 5G Program Office, at Keysight Technologies. “As a dominant contributor to 5G OTA test method development in the 3GPP standard organization, Keysight is offering early access to OTA solutions for both 5G base station and mobile device testing.”

Keysight seamlessly integrates measurement science with hardware and software tools that support the latest 3GPP release 15 (Rel-15) standard to provide the entire mobile wireless ecosystem with end-to-end OTA test capability. Its integrated OTA test solutions for R&D characterization and RF test of 5G base stations enable users to test a wide range of equipment and its sub-systems in a repeatable way.

https://www.keysight.com/go/news

Monday, October 22, 2018

Huawei Marine advances PEACE subsea cable project

The Pakistan East Africa Cable Express (PEACE) Cable project, which will connect Asia, Africa and Europe, has entered into the cable and material manufacturing stage.

The PEACE cable system will span 12,000 km and is designed for 200G, 16Tbps per fiber pair connectitivity. The ready for service date is targetted for first quarter of 2020.

The project is being developed by PEACE Cable International Network Co., Ltd, a subsidiary of China's HENGTONG Group.  Huawei Marine Network is lead contractor.

Sun Xiaohua, Chief Operating Officer of PEACE Cable said, “PEACE Cable has created a new business model in the submarine cable industry that builds a bridge for these regions communications and provides connectivity opportunities to players all along the route by investing in the branches and gaining bandwidth on the trunk in a more efficient way.”

Zhang Hongxiang, Project Delivery Director of Huawei Marine said, “We are glad to work with this creative network, which is open to connect along the route on any of the potential points, however with the commerce of cable manufacture, such extensions are dependent on the plan of work. Players who get on board soon will secure better flexibility on this network.”

http://www.huaweimarine.com


  • China Construction Bank is funding the project. Tropic Science Co. is a signatory partner.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Merger talks of China Telecom + China Unicom

Top Chinese government officials are reviewing a proposal to merge China Telecom and China Unicom, the nation's number 2 and 3 mobile operators, according to reports published by Bloomberg and others on Tuesday.

So far, there has not been official confirmation of the story although share prices of both companies have risen on the Hong Kong exchange.

Combined, the two carriers have 590 million mobile subscribers, compared to 905 million for China Mobile. A merger would enable a faster rollout of 5G but reduce the competitive landscape for mobile services to two players. Both carriers have reduced CAPEX in the first half of 2018 following completion of most 4G upgrades. Both reported surging mobile data traffic and an impact from increased competition and the elimination of provincial roaming charges.

Exactly one year ago, the Chinese government arranged for top Chinese tech companies, including Alibaba and Tencent, to inject RMB 78 billion (US$11.7 billion) into China Unicom in an effort to accelerate the transformation of its network. The consolidation could play to the favor of these investors.

As state-owned enterprises, both China Telecom (estimate 287,000 employees) and China Unicom (estimated 252,000 employees) have large numbers of workers and retirees.  While network integration and automation may reduce the need for so many employees from a technical perspective, from a social point of view, large-scale reductions may not be possible.

The big synergy in the merger presumably would be to reduce the rollout cost of a nationwide 5G network, which both China Telecom and China Unicom were anticipating in 2020. Both carriers have 5G pilots underway and limited trial services are expected in 2019. Full-scale nationwide rollout for each would involve upgrades to millions of base stations, and improvements to front-haul and backhaul infrastructure. China Unicom recently disclosed that it now has 910,000 4G base stations in operation. China Telecom has stated that it had 1.2 million 4G base stations in operation.

 Many 5G small cells and in-building networks are also required for the 5G upgrade plan. A merged entity presumably could build this at a much lower cost -- perhaps even approaching 50-60-% of what otherwise would be spent. For network equipment, especially Huawei and ZTE, this could be bad news. For China Tower, which recently completed an IPO, this could mean only 2 potential clients on its telecom masts (China Mobile and this merged entity).

With only two mobile operators, perhaps the really intense mobile price competition in China would ease. China Mobile must make do with ARPU of RMB 58.10 (US$8.43) -- about 1/6th the billing per subscriber per month as U.S. operators. China Telecom and China Unicom's mobile ARPU is lower, at RMB 47.9. This leaves very little profit potential per subscriber, making the business case for a deep, nationwide 5G rollout more difficult for two carriers than for one..


Thursday, August 23, 2018

Alicloud posts US$710 million in Q2 revenue, up 93% yoy

Alibaba's Cloud Computing division recorded revenue of RMB 4,698 billion (US$710 million) for Q2 2018, up 93% over the same period last year.

EBITA was RMB (488) million, reflecting a margin of -10% for the division.

Overall, the Alibaba Group achieved quarterly revenue of RMB 80,920 million (US$12,229 million), an increase of 61% year-over-year.

Some other highlights:

  • Revenue from digital media and entertainment increased 46% year-over-year to RMB5,975 million (US$903 million).
  • Annual active consumers on China retail marketplaces reached 576 million, an increase of 24 million from the 12-month period ended March 31, 2018. 
  • Mobile MAUs on our China retail marketplaces reached 634 million in June 2018, an increase of 17 million over March 2018.


“We delivered another great quarter with 61% revenue growth as well as strong profit growth, excluding one-time items. We are pleased with the strength and rapid growth of our business at such significant scale,” said Maggie Wu, Chief Financial Officer of Alibaba Group. “The exceptional growth across our major segments of core commerce, cloud computing and digital media and entertainment validates our strategy of investing in customer experience, product, technology and infrastructure for the future."

Monday, August 20, 2018

China Telecom delivers strong results in 1H2018

China Telecom reported robust financial results and operational metrics for the first half of 2018, with overall operating revenues of RMB193.0 billion, of which, service revenues amounted to RMB177.6 billion, representing an increase of 7.0% over the same period last year. EBITDA amounted to RMB55.9 billion and EBITDA margin was 31.5%. Net profit amounted to RMB13.6 billion, representing an increase of 8.1% over the same period last year while basic earnings per share were RMB0.168, achieving persistent favorable growth.



Capital expenditure was RMB32.9 billion, representing a decrease of 19.9%. Free cash flow reached RMB18.4 billion which has increased remarkably over the same period last year.

Some operational metrics:

  • The total number of mobile subscribers reached 282 million, representing a net increase of 31.66 million which was more than double of the net addition in the same period of last year. 
  • Handset data traffic growth over the past year has been +379%
  • Average data usage now tops 4.6 GB per month
  • China Telecom captured a 46.5% market share in the net additions for China
  • Overall total market share increased to 18.9%
  • The total number of 4G users reached 217 million, representing a net increase of 35.27 million. 
  • 4G penetration is now at 77%
  • The total number of wireline broadband subscribers reached 141 million, representing a net increase of 7.09 million. 
  • 56% of wireline broadband subscribers are getting over 100 Mbps service
  • Average access bandwidth is 85Mbps
  • China Telecom now has 1.2 million base stations in operation with 98% population coverage and 36% utilization rate
  • 96% FTTH home pass coverage in cities and towns
  • Gigabit-class broadband has been deployed in >170 cities
  • China Telecom's IP metropolitan network and backbone network bandwidth reached 500Tbps and 170Tbps respectively
  • China Telecom is building a premium network of Internet data center clusters; deployment focused on Inner Mongolia, Guizhou, Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei, Yangtze River Delta, southern China, Chengdu-Chongqing-Shaanxi and other key regions
  • Video service penetration reached 70%; 9 mil Smart Home Networking service delivered, Family Cloud subs ~20 mil
  • China Telecom now serves 30 million IoT devices and is aiming for 60 million this year


Sunday, August 19, 2018

China Unicom sees growth following mixed ownership reform

China Unicom reported 1H2018 service revenue of to RMB134.4 billion, representing an 8.3% year-on-year growth, topping rivals China Mobile and China Telecom.

EBITDA amounted to RMB45.7 billion, up by 4.9% year-on-year. The profit before income tax reached RMB7.8 billion and the profit attributable to equity shareholders of the company increased by 145% year-on-year to RMB5.9 billion.

China Unicom attributed its improving condition to the mixed ownership reforms undertaken one year ago at the behest of the central government. China Unicom has been increasing its level of collaboration with Tencent, Alibaba, Baidu, JD.com and DiDi, especially in outreach areas for the youth market.

Mr. Wang Xiaochu, Chairman and CEO of China Unicom said, “Looking ahead, by unleashing
the unique edges, the Company will persevere in the implementation of the Internet-oriented
operation, creating differentiated competitive advantages. Centred on return and efficiency, and
riding on Internet-oriented operation transformation, the Company strived to enhance total-factor
development efficiency. The Company will enhance its key capability in network, IT and
management on all fronts to provide a solid foundation for the healthy and sustainable
development of various businesses. We will step up investments appropriately for nurturing the
future growth engines. Seizing opportunities afforded by the mixed-ownership reform, we will
deepen strategic cooperation and further advance the system and mechanism reform, accelerating
the delivery of benefits from the reform and comprehensively enhancing the Company’s overall
competitive strengths with a view to creating greater value for shareholders.”

Some highlights:

  • Mobile service revenue reached RMB84.3 billion, representing a year-on-year growth of 9.7% 
  • Mobile billing subscribers achieved a net increase of 17.86 million, reaching a total number of 302 million mobile billing subscribers. 
  • Mobile ARPU amounted to RMB47.9, which was largely stable compared to the full year of 2017. 
  • The 4G subscriber base saw a net increase of 28.23 million in 1H2018 to a total of 203 million. 
  • The 4G subscriber market share was up by 3 percentage points year-on-year. 
  • The proportion of 4G subscribers in total mobile billing subscribers increased by 16 percentage points year-on-year to
  • over 67%. 
  • Fixed-line broadband access revenue amounted to RMB21.5 billion, which was largely stable compared to the same period last year.
  • The number of fixed-line broadband subscribers increased by 2.38 million on a net basis to 78.92 million. 
  • Video service subscribers accounted for over 43% of the fixed-line broadband subscribers, up by 10 percentage points year-on-year.
  •  4G BTS: 910K (up by 60K), focus on capacity expansion & experience enhancement
  • Actively deploy 10G PON & other new technologies in Northern China to progressively achieve 1,000Mbps access capability


China Unicom's US$11.7B strategic investment brings advantages


China United Network Communications Group (China Unicom or 中国联通), the fourth largest mobile operator with over 270 million subscribers, recently closed a deal that will bring in US$11.68 billion in cash from top Chinese tech companies. Under the deal, the Shanghai-based holding company of China Unicom, will sell a 35.2% stake worth RMB 78 billion to 14 strategic investors, including the following. The deal is backed by the Chinese government, which...


Sunday, July 29, 2018

Caixin: The Wake-Up Call for China’s Chip Industry

The near-death experience of ZTE due to the 88-day ban imposed the U.S. Department of Commerce is a wake-up call for China's semiconductor industry, according to an article in the business journal Caixin.

The article the foreign joint venture model, Chinese investments/acquisitions of tech companies abroad, and government-supported initiatives to build a strong, domestic ecosystem for semiconductor design and fabrication.

https://www.caixinglobal.com/2018-07-29/the-wake-up-call-for-chinas-chip-industry-101309608.html

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

China Mobile awards EUR 1 billion deal to Nokia

China Mobile and Nokia signed a frame agreement valued at up to EUR 1 billion for the continued delivery of mobile, fixed, IP routing, optical transport, customer experience management technologies and operational support as well as services expertise throughout 2018.

The agreement was signed at the recent Sino-German Economic Forum by Li Huidi, Vice President of China Mobile, and Hans-Jürgen Bill, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of Nokia and also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Nokia Networks GmbH & Co KG in Germany. The German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang also attended the forum.

Nokia said it will supply China Mobile with best-in-class, end-to-end technology solutions to enable a next-generation network for the age of the cloud and machine communications.

In addition, Nokia and China Mobile have signed a memorandum of understanding for research and testing of the artificial intelligence (AI) and machine-learning capabilities of next-generation networks for the delivery of intelligent network optimization and radio resource management.

Mike Wang, President of Nokia Shanghai Bell, said: "This is a highly significant agreement with our longstanding partner that consolidates Nokia's position as a leading provider of next-generation technologies and services in China. We are committed to delivering industry-leading, end-to-end capabilities that will allow operators to dramatically increase performance, which will introduce new possibilities for networks of the future."

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Nokia and Tencent partner on 5G webscale research

Nokia and Tencent, one of China's leading providers of Internet services, signed a Memorandum of Understanding covering joint research and development work to explore the potential of 5G for the provision of new applications, including those for a variety of vertical markets.

Nokia and Tencent will establish an end-to-end 5G test environment in Shenzhen. With 1.04 billion combined monthly active user accounts of its WeChat and QQ social media applications, Tencent aims to leverage the massive connectivity, increased speeds, capacity and reliability and lower latency enabled by 5G to enhance these services.

Key elements of the agreement:

  • Establishes a joint laboratory  equipped with leading 5G technologies, products and solutions, including  centralized and decentralized split architecture using Nokia Airscale Radio Access Network, 5G Core, MEC framework and third party devices.
  • Leverages the capabilities of an end-to-end 5G testing environment. Nokia and Tencent will conduct verification on service key performance indicators and develop new 5G and IoT use cases.


Zeng Yu, Vice President at Tencent, said: "We are pleased to collaborate with Nokia to leverage the technologies, products and expertise of both our companies to fufill the growing demands of a digital economy driven by 5G. Tencent and Nokia are fully committed to delivering richer, more diverse, multi-level services and applications for enterprises, and individual customers. Furthermore, we will support each other in creating more financial and social benefits in our respective fields, to pursue success in the new era of digital economy."

Marc Rouanne, president of Mobile Networks at Nokia, said: "This collaboration with Tencent is an important step in showing webscale companies around the globe how they can leverage the end-to-end capabilities of Nokia's 5G Future X portfolio.  Working with them we can deliver a network that will allow them to extend their service offer to deliver myriad applications and services with the high-reliability and availability to support ever-growing and changing customer demands."

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Baidu develops its own AI chip, rolls out first autonomous bus

At its second annual developer conference in Beijing this week, Baidu unveiled its "Kunlun" processor for AI applications.


Technical details on the new Kunlun silicon were scarce, but the company said its cloud-to-edge AI chip is built to accommodate high-performance requirements of a wide variety of AI scenarios, including deep learning and facial recognition.

Baidu is known to be developing FPGA designs for a number of years.

Baidu also announced volume production of China’s first commercially deployed fully autonomous bus. The first 100 "Apolong" buses are ready for the road.


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Qualcomm and Gizwits target field upgrades to LTE IoT

Qualcomm is working with Gizwits, a global leader in Internet of Things (IoT) development platforms, to deliver the world's first commercial 2G cellular modules with field upgrades to LTE IoT (eMTC/Cat-M1 and NB-IoT/Cat-NB1).

The Quectel BG36 module –aimed to be compatible with China Mobile's network and manufactured by Quectel based on the Qualcomm MDM9206 LTE IoT modem– will be powered by the Gizwits IoT cloud services and designed to help developers, device manufacturers and service providers to create economical 2G solutions, which are also designed to be flexible and long-lasting by supporting future over-the-air activation of NB-IoT and eMTC as the cellular ecosystem transitions toward the latest LTE IoT standards.

“The expansion of the IoT depends on the ecosystem’s ability to deliver vast amounts of solutions featuring edge intelligence and flexible connectivity that stays current through the device life,” said Serge Willenegger, senior vice president and general manager, 4G/5G and Industrial IoT, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “We are grateful of the opportunity to work with Gizwits, China Mobile Shandong Branch and Quectel. Our focus is to offer the technology solutions that the IoT ecosystem requires to grow, helping manufacturers and solution providers connect and manage massive amounts of devices in a trusted, security-rich and scalable manner. This is the vision behind our Qualcomm wireless edge services.”

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