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

Friday, May 15, 2020

China Mobile deploys ZTE's 5G transport management system

The Guangdong Branch of China Mobile has completed the large-scale deployment of ZTE’s intelligent cloud-based 5G transport management and control system.

ZTE's ZENIC ONE (UME)is now providing unified management of 150,000 PTN network elements in Guangdong province.

ZENIC ONE adopts a new-generation B/S management and control system with the capability to manage up to 300,000+ network elements. It is based on a cloud-native, microservices technology. Moreover, the ZENIC ONE (UME) system supports the unified management of various types of transport networks, such as PTN/SPN, IPRAN, and OTN, providing high availability and elastic system scalability.

In order to improve the intelligent O&M efficiency and address the challenges of the SPN network management, the Guangdong Branch of China Mobile has gradually deployed ZTE’s ZENIC ONE (UME) in its existing networks since July 2019. To date, the ZENIC ONE system has been deployed in the cloud resource pool of the Guangdong Branch of China Mobile, realizing centralized management, control and analysis of the network.

Sunday, May 3, 2020

China Mobile and Huawei install 5G at 6500m on Everest

China Mobile and Huawei installed a 5G base station at 6500m elevation on Mt. Everest.

The site will provide communication services for this 2020 Mount Everest re-measurement and climbing season.

Huawei supplied its end-to-end solutions in the construction of China Mobile’s Everest dual Gigabit network, where base stations were built in Mount Everest Base Camp at the altitude of 5,300 meters, the Transition Camp at 5,800 meters, and the Forward Camp at 6,500 meters. Huawei’s 5G AAU and SPN technologies are applied at these base stations, where network maintenance and optimization are done by a dozen of network specialists who station 24/7 in regions at altitude of 5,300 meters and above to ensure smooth network operations.

Huawei's 5G AAU is highly integrated in a compact size, making it easy for deployment and installation. The company says its solution performs well in extreme environment such as Mount Everest. In this project, a network in the "stand alone plus non-stand alone" (SA+NSA) mode connects five 5G base stations. Meanwhile, the 5G fast and huge-capacity connectivity is achieved by Huawei’s Massive MIMO technology supporting lightning speed and large bandwidth. Huawei’s Massive MIMO offers highly flexible three-dimensional narrow beams that works particularly well in vertically situations like in Mount Everest. At the altitude of 5,300 meters, the 5G download speed exceeded 1.66 Gbps, where the upload speed tops 215 Mbps.

China Unicom extends 5G coverage to Mt Everest base camp

China Unicom has extended 4G and 5G coverage to Mount Everest Observation Deck and Mount Everest Base Camp No. 1 on the Tibetan side of the mountain, altitudes of more than 5,000 and 5,200 meters respectively.

More than 10 construction personnel carried materials to the site, including optical cables, antennas, and auxiliary equipment. Solar panels are being used to power the sites.



Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Ericsson confirms role with China Mobile

Ericsson released more details on its recent selection to supply 5G solutions to China Mobile.

Under the terms of this new deal, China Mobile extends its 5G RAN partnership with Ericsson to 17 provinces, with the deployment of Ericsson Radio System products and solutions.

In addition, Ericsson will provide 5G core network equipment in two major regions, covering five provinces. The 5G Core network will be deployed on NFVI along with Ericsson Dynamic Orchestration. As part of a previous agreement, Ericsson is also providing Cloud VoLTE, Cloud Unified Data Management (UDM) and Policy.

China Mobile picks Huawei and ZTE for 5G base stations

China Mobile has selected Huawei and ZTE as the primary suppliers in the latest tender for its nationwide 5G rollout. This phase of the rollout calls for 232,143 5G base stations to be deployed in 28 provincial-level regions.

Huawei Technologies will build 57.2% of the base stations,
ZTE Corp. will build 28.7% of the base stations
Ericsson will build 11.4% of the base stations
China Information Communication Technologies (FiberHome + Datang) will build 2.6%.

Nokia was not selected for the contract, although it has played a role in previous parts of the 5G rollout.

China Mobile officially launched its 5G commercial service in 50 cities across the country.

China Mobile has deployed 40,000 5G base stations in the first batch of 50 key cities.  5G network construction is underway in more than 300 cities across the country.

The carrier is offering a number of 5G subscriptions starting with a Personal Plan priced at RMB 128 per month (~US$18). Family plans and business plans are also available. Downlink speed caps and data caps apply.

China Mobile initially has ten 5G smartphones available, along with 3 hotspot devices.

Cities with 5G coverage include: Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Chongqing, Shijiazhuang, Xiong'an, Taiyuan, Jincheng, Hohhot, Shenyang, Dalian, Changchun, Harbin, Nanjing, Wuxi, Suzhou, Hangzhou , Ningbo, Wenzhou, Jiaxing, Hefei, Wuhu, Fuzhou, Xiamen, Quanzhou, Nanchang, Yingtan, Jinan, Qingdao, Zhengzhou, Nanyang, Wuhan, Changsha, Zhuzhou, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Foshan, Dongguan, Liuzhou, Nanning, Haikou, Qiong, Hai, Chengdu, Guiyang, Kunming, Xi'an, Lanzhou, Xining, Yinchuan and Urumqi.

http://www.10086.cn/aboutus/news/groupnews/index_detail_34938.html

Monday, April 20, 2020

China Mobile: 31.7 million users now on 5G plans

China Mobile ended Q1 2020 with 946 million mobile users, down from 949 million at the beginning of the quarter, but up by 4 million customers in March.

Significantly, China Mobile ended the quarter with 31.7 million users with 5G plans.


The company's revenue from the sales of products and others went down by 34.9% year-on-year to RMB12.4 billion for the first quarter of the year. The decline was mainly caused by
contracted sales of handsets and IoT devices, amongst other products, due to COVID-19.

Some highlights:

  • Operating revenue was RMB181.3 billion, down by 2.0% over the same period last year; of which, revenue from telecommunications services was RMB168.9 billion, up
  • by 1.8% over the same period last year
  • EBITDA was RMB68.5 billion, down by 5.8% over the same period last year
  • Total Voice Usage (minutes) were 661.4 billion, compared to 794.1 billion in the previous quarter
  • Average Minutes of Usage per User per Month (minutes/user/month) were 234, compared to 278 in the previous quarter
  • Handset Data Traffic (GB) were 19.7 billion, compared to 17.5 billion in the previous quarter
  • Average Handset Data Traffic per User per Month (GB/user/month) were 8.3, compared to 7.1 in the previous quarter
  • SMS Usage (messages) were 241.6 billion, compared to 231.2 billion in the previous quarter
  • Average Revenue per User per Month (RMB/user/month) were 31.3, compared to 33.0 in the previous quarter

Monday, April 13, 2020

ZTE to supply 5G Stand-alone Core for China Mobile in 12 provinces

ZTE was selected in China Mobile’s 2020 centralized procurement of new 5G SA core network equipment. Financial terms were not disclosed.

For the public-oriented network, ZTE has won the bid of 12 provinces in six regions, and secured the bid for 35% shares in 31 provinces in China for the industry-oriented network.  The project is expected to become the world's largest 5G SA network.

ZTE said China Mobile’s 5G SA core network project will use its Common Core solution, which features SBA, microservice components, stateless design and network slicing to implement flexible and agile service innovation, deployment and O&M. ZTE’s Common Core solution supports 2G/3G/4G/5G/fixed simultaneously.

In addition, to meet automatic and intelligent requirements of the 5G network, ZTE also brings its CloudStudio intelligent O&M solution to support one-click service provisioning and deployment through automatic tools, so that new services can be launched quickly.  Meanwhile, AI, machine learning, and root cause analysis (RCA) are introduced to implement real-time network monitoring, real-time analysis, automatic optimization, and fault self-healing so as to improve the O&M efficiency.

To date, ZTE has obtained 46 commercial 5G contracts in major markets, such as Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa (MEA).

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

ZTE wins largest share of China Mobile western optical transport network

ZTE has secured the western network project in China Mobile’s phase-13 centralized procurement for inter-provincial backbone transport network equipment. Financial terms were not dislcosed.

The western network, covering 19 provinces of China, will be the world’s largest commercial optical transport network (OTN), with a total link length reaching 53,828 km.

In this western 100G OTN network project, ZTE will provide different coding modes to flexibly meet long-haul, medium-haul and short-haul transmission scenarios in China Mobile’s western network.

ZTE notes that it has been deeply involved in the construction of China Mobile’s western backbone OTN, and has built two 100G OTN western networks for China Mobile. The two networks cover 20 provinces and municipalities across China, achieving a total area of 7,729,100 square kilometers, about 80% of the land area of China.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

China Mobile picks Huawei and ZTE for 5G base stations

China Mobile has selected Huawei and ZTE as the primary suppliers in the latest tender for its nationwide 5G rollout. This phase of the rollout calls for 232,143 5G base stations to be deployed in 28 provincial-level regions.

Huawei Technologies will build 57.2% of the base stations,
ZTE Corp. will build 28.7% of the base stations
Ericsson will build 11.4% of the base stations
China Information Communication Technologies (FiberHome + Datang) will build 2.6%.

Nokia was not selected for the contract, although it has played a role in previous parts of the 5G rollout.

China Mobile officially launched its 5G commercial service in 50 cities across the country.

China Mobile has deployed 40,000 5G base stations in the first batch of 50 key cities.  5G network construction is underway in more than 300 cities across the country.

The carrier is offering a number of 5G subscriptions starting with a Personal Plan priced at RMB 128 per month (~US$18). Family plans and business plans are also available. Downlink speed caps and data caps apply.

China Mobile initially has ten 5G smartphones available, along with 3 hotspot devices.

Cities with 5G coverage include: Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Chongqing, Shijiazhuang, Xiong'an, Taiyuan, Jincheng, Hohhot, Shenyang, Dalian, Changchun, Harbin, Nanjing, Wuxi, Suzhou, Hangzhou , Ningbo, Wenzhou, Jiaxing, Hefei, Wuhu, Fuzhou, Xiamen, Quanzhou, Nanchang, Yingtan, Jinan, Qingdao, Zhengzhou, Nanyang, Wuhan, Changsha, Zhuzhou, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Foshan, Dongguan, Liuzhou, Nanning, Haikou, Qiong, Hai, Chengdu, Guiyang, Kunming, Xi'an, Lanzhou, Xining, Yinchuan and Urumqi.

http://www.10086.cn/aboutus/news/groupnews/index_detail_34938.html

China Mobile launches 5G in Hong Kong

China Mobile launched 5G service in Hong Kong.

The company said its new 5G infrastructure is delivering latency of under 10ms, and peak download speeds exceeding 1Gbps with upload speeds exceeding 130Mbps. 5G roaming is available for mainland China and South Korea.

The first phase of the Hong Kong network deployment includes the activation of 500 5G base stations providing coverage in major regions (such as Central and Western District, Wan Chai and Causeway Bay) and reaching more than 90% of the population.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

China Mobile reports a drop of 8 million mobile users

China Mobile posted operating metrics that show a drop of 8.1 million mobile customers during the first two months of 2020. As of the end of December 2019, China Mobile hit a peak of 950, 277,000 mobile customers, and at the end of February, it had 942,261,000.  The figure includes a drop in 4G customers and a gain in 5G customers. As of the end of February 2020, China Mobile had 15.40 million 5G customers


On March 19, China Mobile reported operating revenue of RMB745.9 billion for the 2019 financial year, up by 1.2% compared to last year. Of this, telecommunications services revenue amounted to RMB674.4 billion, or growth of 0.5% year-on-year. EBITDA was RMB296.0 billion, up by 7.4% from last year. EBITDA margin was 39.7%, up by 2.3 percentage points compared to the previous year.

Some highlights for 2019:
  • Handset data traffic increased by 90.3% year-on-year and DOU (the average handset data traffic per user per month) was 6.7 GB. 
  • Mobile ARPU (average revenue per user per month) of RMB49.1 
  • The number of household broadband customers increased by 17.1% year-on-year and reached 172 million.
  • The company activated more than 50,000 5G base stations and launched 5G commercial services in 50 cities. 
  • As of year-end, China Mobile had 3.09 million 4G base stations in operation
Mr. Yang Jie, Chairman of China Mobile, issued the following statement: "We were faced with a challenging and complicated operating environment in 2019 where the upside of data traffic was rapidly diminishing and competition within the telecommunications industry and from cross-sector players was becoming ever more intense. Coupled with this was the impact of government policies, including the continued implementation of the “speed upgrade and tariff reduction”..."

"In 2020, we will strive to overcome the impact of the novel coronavirus outbreak on business development and 5G network construction. The epidemic has bolstered the growing trend of businesses and customers going online and using more digital and cloud-based services, among other opportunities arisen. We will leverage these opportunities, as well as the 5G network to further develop the information and communications services market. With concerted efforts, we will strive to maintain growth in telecommunications services revenue and a stable level of net profit. We will also strive to maintain an industry-leading customer satisfaction."

For 2020, China Mobile will increase CAPEX to RMB 179.8 billion, up from RMB 165.9 million in 2019. The company plans to deploy 250,000 new 5G base stations this year.





https://www.chinamobileltd.com/en/file/view.php?id=226449

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

China Mobile employs Spirent for testing 5G Slicing Packet Network

China Mobile is working with Spirent Communications to assure readiness of mission-critical 5G applications via network slicing transport standard testing and validation.

Spirent's 5G transport and network slicing testing solution provides scalable protocol emulation and L2-L7 traffic generation over the slicing channel layer. Spirent’s solution expands SPN network slicing test capabilities to help ensure the diverse bandwidth, latency, security and time synchronization required by 5G applications.

China Mobile has chosen the newly-launched Spirent FlexE-100 test module to test functional and performance aspects related to 5G transport SPN (Slicing Packet Network). Specifically, Spirent’s FlexE-100 test module will be utilized to test the functional, performance and specification aspects related to 5G transport SPN.

SPN has been accepted by the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T) for further work towards the G.mtn (Metro Transport Network) standard series, which provides an end-to-end transport network architecture that enables network slicing to meet the most demanding requirements of 5G applications. These standards are essential to successful deployment of ultra-reliable low-latency, high bandwidth, massive, scalable 5G services. Standards-based testing for SPN validates use cases, technologies and solutions prior to deployment, improving interoperability.

Commenting on the next-generation network testing work, Li Han, Vice Director of the Department of Network and IT Technology Research at the China Mobile Research Institute, said: "As operators, network equipment manufacturers and chip suppliers are developing SPN/MTN-enabled products, and exploring and expanding their applications in various scenarios, China Mobile has deployed 5G commercial SPN transport, providing reliable SLA for different 5G applications through multi-layer network slicing. We are pleased that Spirent launched the FlexE-100 test module on its flagship Spirent TestCenter platform and look forward to continuing our cooperation on SPN/MTN testing and use case development, with the goal of driving the commercial deployment of 5G transport network."

http://www.spirent.com/FlexE

Monday, December 16, 2019

China Mobile tests 5G with Spirent

China Mobile is using Spirent’s radio frequency (RF) channel emulation technology to help compare the performance of new 5G chipsets and consumer smartphones from leading global manufacturers.

The new YuHeng system allows operators and device manufacturers to test their RF solutions in the lab with the latest 5G base stations (gNodeB) that employ sophisticated new radio technologies such as massive MIMO beamforming. Devices under test are positioned within an RF anechoic chamber and are driven by a commercial base station, allowing the system to evaluate the performance of the device’s antenna configuration, baseband algorithms, hardware and software design.

Spirent’s Vertex RF Channel Emulator is used to replicate real-world indoor and outdoor effects that can influence radio efficiency, such as multi-path loss, reflections, absorption, delay, doppler frequency shift and antenna polarization. Both downlink and uplink propagation channels are modeled by the system, and multiple types of device-in-motion simulations can be created to replicate real-world scenarios such as walking in an urban environment or traveling in a vehicle on a highway.

“We are delighted to have had the opportunity to collaborate with the China Mobile Group Device Company team on the YuHeng project,” said Peter Tan, Spirent’s VP for Greater China & East Asia. “This innovative solution is the first of its kind and enables China Mobile to thoroughly assess and benchmark the growing number of new 5G smartphones, devices and chipsets for performance in test environments that realistically replicate a wide variety of authentic radio and motion conditions.”

Thursday, October 31, 2019

China Mobile launches 5G in 50 cities

China Mobile officially launched its 5G commercial service in 50 cities across the country.

China Mobile has deployed 40,000 5G base stations in the first batch of 50 key cities.  5G network construction is underway in more than 300 cities across the country.

The carrier is offering a number of 5G subscriptions starting with a Personal Plan priced at RMB 128 per month (~US$18). Family plans and business plans are also available. Downlink speed caps and data caps apply.

China Mobile initially has ten 5G smartphones available, along with 3 hotspot devices.

Cities with 5G coverage include: Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Chongqing, Shijiazhuang, Xiong'an, Taiyuan, Jincheng, Hohhot, Shenyang, Dalian, Changchun, Harbin, Nanjing, Wuxi, Suzhou, Hangzhou , Ningbo, Wenzhou, Jiaxing, Hefei, Wuhu, Fuzhou, Xiamen, Quanzhou, Nanchang, Yingtan, Jinan, Qingdao, Zhengzhou, Nanyang, Wuhan, Changsha, Zhuzhou, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Foshan, Dongguan, Liuzhou, Nanning, Haikou, Qiong, Hai, Chengdu, Guiyang, Kunming, Xi'an, Lanzhou, Xining, Yinchuan and Urumqi.

http://www.10086.cn/aboutus/news/groupnews/index_detail_34938.html

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Next Gen Network Automation - AI inside China Mobile



AI is key for next-gen network transformation. Dr. Junlan Feng, General Manager of the AI and Intelligent Operation R&D Center & Chief Scientist at China Mobile, discusses the significance of AI and how AI coupled with automation is key to future networks.

https://nginfrastructure.com/network-automation/


Monday, October 14, 2019

China Mobile's CEO announces resignation

Mr. Li Yue resigned from his positions as CEO and Executive Director of China Mobile, the world's largest mobile operator.

In a press statement, China Mobile said there "no disagreement with the Board and there is no matter
relating to his resignation that needs to be brought to the attention of the shareholders of the
Company."

A replacement has not yet been named.


China Mobile's customer growth rate slows to 3.2% as ARPU declines

China Mobile was serving 935 million mobile lines as of 30-June-2019, up 3.2% from 906 million a year earlier. Of these, 734 million lines were served on the 4G network, up 8.4% compared to mid-2018.

China Mobile reported a 10.1% decline in Mobile ARPU to RMB 52.2 (US$7.40) from RMB 58.1 (US$8.24) a year earlier.

In the first half of 2019, China Mobile recorded operating revenue of RMB 389.4 billion (US$55.24 billion), which represented a decrease of 0.6% compared with the same period last year. Of this, revenue from telecommunications services accounted for RMB351.4 billion, down by 1.3% year-on- year.

Nevertheless, China Mobile's EBITDA improved to RMB151.1 billion, up by 3.6% compared with the first half of 2018. This represents an EBITDA margin of 38.8%, or an increase of 1.6 percentage points year-on-year.

Capital expenditure for the first half of 2019 was RMB 85.2 billion (US$12.08 billion).

Mr. Yang Jie, Chairman of China Mobile, commented, "In the first half of 2019, we witnessed ever-intensifying competition within the telecommunications industry and from cross-sector players. When this is combined with the continued implementation of the national policy on "speed upgrade and tariff reduction", the operating environment has become more complex and is full of uncertainty. Faced with these challenges, we have introduced timely and measured adjustments to our operations. While adhering to the "Big Connectivity" strategy and advancing the integrated development of the "four growth engines" (personal mobile, household, corporate and emerging businesses), we have maintained a clear focus on high-quality development, supported by solid progress in our business transformation and upgrade. In addition, we have stepped up reforms and innovation, laid out plans for 5G development and introduced measures to further reduce costs and increase operating efficiency."

Additional notes:

In June 2019, China Mobile was granted a 5G commercial licence. The company says economic and social development in China is creating an immediate demand for 5G, "presenting opportunities for the transformation and development of the information and communications industry like never before. "

Sunday, May 12, 2019

China Mobile intros 5G-powered Smart Commercial Refrigerator

China Mobile Group Zhejiang is launching the "goBox", a 5G-powered smart commercial refrigerator developed by UTStarcom.

Fast connectivity and low latency enable the goBox smart vending machine to use facial recognition to confirm the identity of customers and autorize each transaction without carrying a mobile phone. Customers can then open the door to pick their favorite products and close the door to complete payment. 

China Mobile Group Zhejiang and UTStarcom are creating goBox applications for high-speed rail stations, hospitals, shopping malls, hotels and other fields, so that more people can enjoy the convenience of life in the 5G era. 

http://www.utstar.com

Thursday, May 9, 2019

FCC rejects China Mobile's license application

After a very lengthy review period, the FCC voted to deny an application from China Mobile to provide telecommunication services between the United States and foreign destinations.

The FCC said it thoroughly examined the application and found it to be not in the public interest due to several factors related to China Mobile USA’s ownership and control by the Chinese government. The FCC further stated that a grant of the application would raise substantial and serious national security and law enforcement risks that cannot be addressed through a mitigation agreement between China Mobile and the federal government.

Ajit Pai, FCC Chairman, stated: "Simply put, granting China Mobile’s application would not be in the public interest. China Mobile ultimately is owned and controlled by the Chinese government. That makes it vulnerable to exploitation, influence, and control by that government. And in the current security environment, which features Chinese government involvement in computer intrusions and economic espionage, there is a significant risk that the Chinese government would use China Mobile to conduct activities that would seriously jeopardize the national security, law enforcement, and economic interests of the United States."

https://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-denies-china-mobile-telecom-services-application


  • China Mobile's application was filed in 2011.

Monday, April 29, 2019

China Telecom continues to add mobile subs as it prepares for 5G

China Telecom is now serving approximately 315 million mobile users, representing a net addition of 12.05 million for Q1 2019.

China Telecom's operating revenues for the quarter amounted to RMB377.1 billion, of which, service revenues amounted to RMB350.4 billion, representing an increase of 5.9% compared to last year. EBITDA reached RMB104.2 billion, representing an increase of 2.0% over the same period last year. Net profit amounted to RMB21.2 billion, representing an increase of 13.9% compared to last year, while basic earnings per share were RMB0.262.

CAPEX was RMB74.9 billion, representing a decrease of 15.5% compared to last year, the third consecutive annual decline.
Some highlights from the quarterly report:


  • 4G users reached approximately 256 million, representing a net addition of 13.67 million. 
  • Handset data traffic2 increased by 140% over the same period of last year. 
  • The monthly average data traffic per 4G user reached nearly 7GB. 
  • The net addition of wireline broadband subscribers was 2.08 million, reaching a total of approximately 148 million. 
  • The number of e-Surfing HD subscribers reached approximately 109 million. 
  • Revenues for Intelligent Applications ecospheres grew rapidly, accounting for nearly 20% of the service revenues and its contribution to incremental service revenues significantly increased.
  • Revenues from cloud services increased by 99.5% over the same period of last year.

https://www.chinatelecom-h.com/en/global/home.php




Tuesday, March 26, 2019

China Mobile HKG installs 5G infrastructure in shopping malls

China Mobile Hong Kong (CMHK) announced its first installation of 5G infrastructure in residential properties and shopping malls.

The deployment in conjunction with Sino Group occurred in Grand Central and Olympian City. By deploying 5G infrastructure now, China Mobile will be ready when 5G spectrum is officially released in Hong Kong.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

China Mobile -- 76% of its 922M mobile users on 4G



Wednesday, January 2, 2019

China Telecom tops 300 million mobile users

China Telecom ended 2018 on track to top 300 million mobile subscriber lines, up from 255 million at the beginning of the year.