China Telecom Completes First Phase of Global Optical Transport Network (OTN)

With increasing demand for bandwidth in China, continued investments in optical wavelength transmission capacity have been needed to relieve chokepoint congestion and improve enterprise application delivery.  China Telecom has addressed this need with the completion of Phase 1 of its next generation global Optical Transport Network (OTN).  The new OTN looks to eliminate such nagging problems that enterprise customers are facing with long delivery times and difficult bandwidth adjustment.

China Telecom’s new OTN brings many features such as bandwidth-on-demand, low latency, high speeds and reliability, and wide coverage.  These features look to improve on the status quo when it comes to enterprise service.  Other features that OTN also bring to the table include cloud network integration features, comprehensive end-to-end protection, 50 ms automatic recovery, and a guaranteed 99.99% network uptime.  A self-service portal with the ability to adjust bandwidth and an initial service delivery time of 7 days round out the features for China Telecom’s new OTN.

Speed is vitally important to any network and China Telecom reads you loud and clear.  The premium Optical Transport Network exceeds 300 Tbps and can have a cap of 100G which is 40 times higher than the current SDH network.  Providing high speeds across the network with 2M-100G end-to-end channels covering wide ranges of service bandwidth granularity.  The OTN also provides support for both TDM services for STM1/4/16/64 and packet services for Fast Ethernet (Fast-E), Gigabit Ethernet (Gig-E), 10G Ethernet and 100G Ethernet.

Due to China Telecom’s system upgrade of their incumbent optical network and equipment, low-bandwidth latency of metropolitan networks will lower by more than 50%.  This improvement will also shave ping times down between cities with one-way delays lowered to less than 5.5ms per 1000 km.

China Telecom is introducing their new OTN in phases with Phase 1 being completed this past Summer.  Phase 1 covered 16 cities including:  Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Chengdu, Wuhan, Tianjin, Suzhou, Chongqing,  and Xi’an.  The remaining 112 cities that will take part in the OTN will be successfully rolled out and operational by December 2019 and include Points-of-Presence (PoPs) at key interconnection data centers globally.

Whale Cloud and China Telecom Win the “Outstanding Customer Centricity Award” at the TM Forum Excellence Awards 2019

Whale Cloud and China Telecom announced today they were chosen as a 2019 TM Forum Excellence Awards winner. They were honored with the Outstanding Customer Centricity Award for China Telecom new retail boutique transformation project. This award recognizes companies who have made a truly outstanding contribution to improving customer experience.

Awards were presented at the Excellence Awards gala dinner in Nice, France last night organized by TM Forum.

China Telecom new retail boutique transformation is a collaborative project between China Telecom and Whale Cloud for telecom store transformation.The joint project aimed to provide customer with seamless and innovative service experience, and increase sales both online and offline through analytics-driven customer insights, innovative business models and customer services. AI technologies are applied to situations where a robot can offer customer services like recharging, invoice printing, and service inquiry. The technology improves the context of engagements for individuals and their friends. Furthermore, the new retail project not only focused on customer experience but also is an important milestone for telecom companies’ transformation towards a digital era.

“The winner provides seamless and innovative customer experience combining both online self-service and offline store, which significantly improves revenue,” said Sandra De Zoysa, Group Chief Customer Officer at TM Forum, who presented the award at the gala dinner. “Our sincere congratulations to Whale Cloud and China Telecom for accelerating digital transformation and their commitments to the Forum, our members and the industry as a whole.”

“We are beyond proud and honored to receive this award. We are determined to serve our customers with the best experience and to deliver new and innovative solutions,” said Fu Jianjun, Chief Marketing Officer of Whale Cloud International, ” Our partnership with Alibaba allows us to fully integrate Alibaba’s transformation strategies, approaches and technologies. As a global supplier, we will continue to help service providers in their digital transformation process.”

About Whale Cloud

Whale Cloud is a subsidiary company of Alibaba Group, providing Cloud, Analytics and AI-based software solutions to Telecom operators, Industrial enterprises and Government sectors in more than 80 countries. With more than 20 years of experience in the industry, Whale Cloud can offer solutions to support digital transformation across multiple industries. https://dtw.tmforum.org/the-event/digital-world-awards/

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China Telecom Backs Launch of GSMA’s Digital Declaration at Davos

Launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on January 24, 2019 the ‘Digital Declaration’ is a GSMA led initiative that captures key principles that serve as a guide to ethical behavior in the digital era and demonstrates the private and public sector’s commitment to responsible leadership.  As an active GSMA member, China Telecom is one of the 40 business leaders who have already committed to the declaration. Backing for the declaration spans across several industry sectors and include other CEO representatives from: Bharti Airtel, China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson, IBM, KDDI, KT, LG Electronics, Mobile World Capital Barcelona, Nokia, NTT DOCOMO, Orange, Samsung Electronics, Sharp, SK Telecom, Sony Corporation, STC Group, Telefonica, Turkcell, Verizon, Vodafone and Xiaomi.

GSMA’s Digital Declaration centers around the belief that enabling a positive and people-centric digital future requires constructive collaboration between stakeholders. Governments, industry and international organizations all have a stake in the digital future and must confront these shared challenges in this cross-industry and cross-geographical movement. Its vision calls on businesses to “integrate digital capabilities in every citizen’s education; respect the privacy of digital citizens; handle personal data with responsibility and transparency; foster innovation and investment to benefit consumers; take meaningful steps to mitigate cybersecurity threats; keep the internet open and accessible and combating online harassment.”

The digital age is evolving and experiencing unprecedented change and is changing the way consumers and businesses interact. Pushed by the imminent arrival of 5G networks, it is expected that by 2022, nearly 60 per cent of GDP will be digitized1. China Telecom has embraced the shared vision of acting responsibly and extend consumer trust as we keep pace with the rapid rate of technology change and move into the era of Intelligent Connectivity.

Through continuous expansion of network coverage, China Telecom has built the largest FDD 4G network in the world, covering 98% of the population; the largest FTTH network around the globe, with optical broadband covering over 90% of cities and towns and over 80% administrative villages in China; and a NB – IoT network that is deployed within the whole of CT’s network through more than 400,000 base stations  making our IoT coverage as a leader in both width and scale.

“The digital economy is profoundly changing people’s production modes, lifestyles and thinking as well as the process of human civilization. Network technologies are the cornerstone of the digital world and the main information artery of economic and social development. Only by establishing a safe, high-speed, ubiquitous and intelligent information network can the diversified kinds of information of the digital world be effectively transmitted.” said Mr. Yang Jie, Chairman and CEO of China Telecom, “China Telecom completely agrees with the digital future vision outlined and commits to being a responsible enterprise in the digital age. As a member of the GSMA board, China Telecom is willing to contribute to the creation and prosperity of a mutual-trust, jointly governed digital world together with the international community.”

To learn more about the Digital Declaration and view the details of CEOs that have already joined, visit the GSMA site here.

Notes to Editors

  1. World Economic Forum, ‘Our Shared Digital Future’ Report (Dec 2018)

Sharktech Adds China Telecom CN2 to Los Angeles Network Offering

LOS ANGELES, CA – Sharktech Inc. is proud to announce partnership with CN2 (China Telecom Next Generation Carrier Network, AS4809) for its Los Angeles network blend. CN2 is widely regarded as the best trans-Pacific carrier to mainland China. Through this partnership Sharktech clients will see reduced latency and jitter to China and neighboring countries. There will be no additional cost for utilizing CN2 on existing VPS, dedicated servers, and colocation. Sharktech’s all-Cisco intelligent routing enhanced network is the premier choice for low latency, unsaturated connections to Asia.

This announcement comes after a year of continued network upgrades, including replacement of all Sharktech routing equipment, the addition of 100Gbps uplinks, switching to all premium carriers, and the additional of Noction Intelligent Routing. Sharktech already offers China Telecom in its Los Angeles datacenter; the addition of CN2 routes will compliment the existing Sharktech BGP blend of China Telecom, China Unicom, Comcast, GTT, and NTT.  Sharktech’s service is backed by 24/7 support and an average employee experience of more than 10 years in the hosting industry.

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Keysight Technologies, China Telecom Collaborate To Accelerate Commercial Deployment Of 5G Technology

November 21, 2018 SANTA ROSA, Calif. – Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: KEYS), a leading technology company that helps enterprises, service providers, and governments accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world, announced that the company has extended its collaboration with China Telecom to accelerate commercial deployment of 5G technology.

The extended collaboration supports China Telecom’s 5G new radio (NR) device trials using Keysight’s 5G NR network emulation solutions, based on the company’s UXM 5G wireless test platform, for protocol and radio frequency (RF)performance validation. Keysight’s 5G test solutions enable China Telecom and its mobile device ecosystem ensure new 5G devices comply with the latest 3GPP 5G NR Release 15 specifications prior to market introduction.

“China Telecom is actively promoting commercial deployment of 5G technology,” said Baorong Li, general manager of Terminal R&D Center of Guangdong Research Institute, China Telecom Co., Ltd. “Leveraging Keysight’s 5G network emulation solutions will enable us to greatly accelerate development and deployment of our 5G technology and establish a leadership position in the industry.”

The introduction of 5G NR is leading to more complex and integrated designs, driving the need for scalable solutions that address the entire workflow, from early design to acceptance and manufacturing. Common tools shared across departments, workflows, and the ecosystem, significantly simplify and accelerate test case creation, execution and analysis. Early collaborations with industry leading chipset and device manufacturers has enabled Keysight to launch 5G solutions that support sub-6GHz and mmW frequencies for comprehensive protocol, RF, conformance and performance testing.

“Our extended collaboration with China Telecom highlights the global industry adoption of Keysight’s 5G network emulation solutions that help ensure 5G NR devices perform as expected on leading mobile operators’ networks,” said Kailash Narayanan, vice president and general manager of Wireless Devices and Operators at Keysight Technologies. “Keysight is committed to accelerating 5G technology in China and around the world and support the delivery of enhanced mobile broadband use cases.”

About Keysight Technologies

Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: KEYS) is a leading technology company that helps enterprises, service providers, and governments accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world. Keysight’s solutions optimize networks and bring electronic products to market faster and at a lower cost with offerings from design simulation, to prototype validation, to manufacturing test, to optimization in networks and cloud environments. Customers span the worldwide communications ecosystem, aerospace and defense, automotive, energy, semiconductor and general electronics end markets. Keysight generated revenues of $3.2B in fiscal year 2017. In April 2017, Keysight acquired Ixia, a leader in network test, visibility, and security. More information is available at www.keysight.com.

Breakthrough for “the Belt and Road Initiative” project, China Telecom completes the first direct access optical fiber cable between China and Pakistan

On July 13, 2018, the opening ceremony of the key project “The Belt and Road Initiative” (B&R) – ” Pak-China Optical Fiber Cable” was held in Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan. Nearly 700 people who come from various industries in China and Pakistan attended the opening ceremony. Meanwhile, the Prime Minister of Pakistani – Moorek, the head of special communications organization General – Bajwa, Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan – Yao Jing, and General Manager of China Telecom International Co., Ltd. – Deng Xiaofeng attended the opening ceremony as well.

Yao Jing, Chinese ambassador to Pakistan, said that the “Pak-China Optical Fiber Cable”” is the first cross-border cable which connects China and Pakistan directly. It was the early successes of “China-Pakistan Economic Corridor” project, which President Xi inaugurated in Islamabad in April 2015.

“Pak-China Optical Fiber Cable” starts from Urumqi, China, and across the Khunjerab port nearby China-Pakistan border to the city of Rawalpindi, Pakistan, with a total length of 2,950 kilometers. This project is also a strategic project for China Telecom to achieve the interconnection with neighboring countries. Recently, China Telecom and Pakistani partners successfully conducted the cross-border system testing and acceptance checking. The transmission indicators of the whole process are eligible and has fully equipped to the requirements for executing large-capacity services.

The launching of the ” Pak-China Optical Fiber Cable” project is a breakthrough in interconnection of infrastructure between the two countries and creating the history of landing cable connection between the two countries. This is an important milestone of the China and Pakistan cooperation in the field of communication and information technology. It is also the latest achievement for building the B&R between two counties. After the launching of the “China-Pakistan Cable” project, the communication delay between China and Pakistan has been greatly shorten, and build a new strategic channel for China, Middle East and Africa. As a basic subproject of the “China-Pakistan Economic Corridor” project, the “Pak-China Optical Fiber Cable project has greatly improved the infrastructure capacity of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and provide key capabilities for the “China-Pakistan Information Corridor” project.

Deng Xiaofeng, the general manager of China Telecom International Co., Ltd., mentioned that the “Pak-China Optical Fiber Cable has been in operation for a full decade since the project was launched. The cable across the Karakoram Mountains, Hindu Kush Mountains, Pamirs Plateau, and the Himalayas. It passes through the highest Khunjerab port in the world at an altitude of 4733 meters. The geological terrain is complex, and the altitude is high of the whole Journey. It also needs to pass through nearly 100 kilometers of no man’s land. China Telecom and their partners have worked together to overcome the difficulties about short construction period and construction difficulty. Finally, they completed the construction of cables, server rooms and support facilities and this dream of many years has finally come true. As the Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan, Yao Jing said that this is the real “Digital Karakoram Highway”.

The opening of “Pak-China Optical Fiber Cable” will lay the foundation for promoting the core projects of “China-Pakistan Information Corridor” project and will play an important role in promoting the infrastructure interconnection and regional economic development between China and Pakistan.

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Huawei and China Telecom Again Win ‘Best IoT Innovation for Mobile Networks’ Award

[Shanghai, China, June 28, 2018] Huawei and China Telecom have won GSMA’s Best IoT Innovation for Mobile Networks’ award at Mobile World Congress (MWC) Shanghai 2018. The award recognizes the two companies’ success with an innovative suite of NB-IoT solutions that have won recognition in the industry.

A number of commercial applications have been incubated and deployed using China Telecom’s powerful IoT platform and the strength of its NB-IoT network coverage. The applications include connected cows, smart marathon, smart postboxes, smart meters, bicycle sharing, smart parking, smart street lighting, and environmental monitoring. These applications are widely used in over 40 industries, driving the large-scale commercial adoption of NB-IoT. This most recent award recognizes Huawei and China Telecom’s achievements and contributions through their continued innovation in IoT.

To collaborate with Huawei on incubation of IoT applications, China Telecom has established the Tianyi IoT Industry Alliance as well as IoT OpenLabs in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. The IoT solutions have already enabled a wide range of innovative projects across China.

For example, large dairy farms in Ningxia, Inner Mongolia, and Hebei have deployed the connected cows’ solution, allowing dairy farmers to analyze the health of their animals through real-time monitoring and big data analytics. This enables dairy farmers to track cow estrus more accurately, thus improving production efficiency and profitability.

In Qianjiang, Hubei and Wuxi, Jiangsu marathon organizers have been able to use smart bands in races, allowing them to analyze marathon participants’ health in real time to avoid any emergencies.

Shanghai and Beijing have deployed smart postboxes, making mail delivery more efficient.

In Shenzhen and some other cities, smart meters have been deployed so that water companies can reduce costs associated with pipe leaks and human error. This makes water circulation and operation more efficient.

Huawei has helped China Telecom deploy NB-IoT over its entire network. NB-IoT networks offer large capacity, wide coverage, and low power consumption, enabling IoT services to develop on a large scale. Huawei and China Telecom have deployed a more open full-stack Tianyi Cloud IoT platform, offering device management on the southbound interface and application enablement on the northbound interface. The two companies are working to build an NB-IoT ecosystem with this platform, to help customers succeed.

Huawei and China Telecom remain committed to joint innovation and shared success. Together, they are innovating to create more value and to building a prosperous NB-IoT ecosystem.

MWC Shanghai 2018 runs from June 27 to 29 in Shanghai, China. Huawei is showcasing its products and solutions at booth B40.N3 and booth ICA01.N5 Innovation City in the Shanghai New International Expo Center (SNIEC). For more information, please visit http://carrier.huawei.com/en/events/mwcs2018.

China Telecom Recognized in Gartner’s 2018 Critical Capabilities Report for Network Services in APAC

HERNDON, Va., April 11, 2018 China Telecom, a leading global communications service provider, today announces that it has been recognized among top Network Service Providers (NSPs) in Gartner’s Critical Capabilities for Asia/Pacific Network Services Report 2018 for its high-performing APAC network.

Multinational enterprises are frequently modernizing their regional WANs by improving the performance of their cloud connectivity and enhancing the agility of their network.  This trend has led to an increased focus on designing hybrid WANs that use MPLS and internet services to support enterprise cloud adoption as well as offload traffic from MPLS to lower-cost internet services.  According to the Gartner report, more than half of all regional NSPs have the ability to support extended domestic connectivity in emerging markets, however their capabilities and experience vary drastically.

China Telecom provides customers with a wide range of integrated communications and information technology services, including an extensive global MPLS network with direct connectivity to 31 major markets via 87 Points of Presence (PoPs) and a cutting-edge SD-WAN solution.  In addition, the company boasts NFV nodes in 10 APAC countries and managed vCPE via Versa Networks in seven APAC cities and throughout China.  These services are delivered alongside advanced Ethernet over Layer 1 and Ethernet over MPLS solutions.  For multinational organizations in the banking and finance industry, China Telecom’s low-latency network connects 13 financial centers around the world with seven in APAC, including Shanghai, Shenzhen, Dalian, Zhengzhou, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Singapore.

“As APAC enterprises become increasingly interested in SD-WAN and managed SD-WAN services for the development of hybrid cloud solutions, it’s important to identify a provider that’s capable of meeting companies’ individual requirements,” explains Steven Tan, President, China Telecom Americas.  “We are honored to be listed among the top APAC Network Service Providers, as this is a testament to our dedication to providing customers with highly effective connectivity solutions.  We will continue to leverage our strong domestic network and local support capabilities to serve multinational corporations in the APAC region, and look forward to continuing the expansion of our global network.”

To download a copy of Gartner’s APAC Critical Capabilities for Network Services Report 2018, click here.

About China Telecom Americas                                                                                           

China Telecom Americas is a wholly-owned US-based subsidiary of China Telecom Corporation, one of the world’s leading providers of integrated communications and information technology services to customers in over 110 countries around the globe. With headquarters in Herndon, Virginia, and offices in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, San Jose, Toronto and Sao Paolo, China Telecom Americas is advancing transpacific enterprise connectivity through a turnkey suite of locally-based, custom-built IT/network solutions from network architecture, managed cloud and data center services, security, content delivery (CDN), unified communications and mobility solutions.  Get more info at www.ctamericas.com.

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China Telecom and Huawei Announce Business Joint Innovation Center

China Telecom and Huawei have established a Business Joint Innovation Center (BJIC) to jointly develop differential, innovative products and solutions that will offer users information and communication services.

The BJIC model has transformed the traditional industry partnership. Both companies invest in joint development, verification, and go-to-market of products and solutions to accelerate provisioning of new products and achieve shared success. This a breakthrough in the history of telecom industry cooperation.

Yang Jie, Chairman of China Telecom, said at the launch event: “China Telecom is committed to becoming a leading integrated intelligent information service operator. We will work with partners from all industries to build Rubik’s cube-style industry ecosystems, in which we can share and create value together for shared success. The BJIC is a useful and important example of win-win cooperation based on the Rubik’s cube-style industry ecosystem. The goals of the center include business model innovation, quick subscriber base growth and quick service monetization.”

To read more visit Huawei

China Telecom to support Always Connected PCs

China Telecom has arranged to become one of the first operators to use their LTE networks to provide connectivity for the new Always Connected PC category of devices powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Mobile PC platform.

OEM brands Asus, HP and Lenovo have developed Windows 10 devices using the platform to be introduced through the first half of 2018.

As well as China Telecom, Italy’s TIM, the UK’s EE and Sprint and Verizon in the US have signed up as network operator partners for the launches.

Selected operators in some countries also plant to stock the devices in their own retail locations.

“With the support of our mobile operator partners, consumers now have the opportunity to enjoy superfast connectivity over LTE networks at an affordable price, anytime and anywhere.”

To view the full article, visit Telecom Asia

 

GDS, SDIC, China Unicom and China Telecom partner to develop upcoming data centre markets

GDS has entered into a non-binding agreement with China Unicom, China Telecom and SDIC to jointly develop data centres in selected upcoming markets in China.

GDS Holdings Limited (GD), a developer, operator of high-performance data centres in China was represented by William Huang chairman at the signing ceremony in Beijing. Chairman Huisheng Wang, representing the State Development Investment Corporation (SDIC), the largest state-owned investment holding company in China, while China Unicom and China Telecom were represented by its chairman’s Xiaochu Wang and Jie Yang respectively.

“We are honoured to participate in this LoI [letter of intent] with these leading state-owned enterprises. As the only private sector company in the consortium, our participation [is] evidence [of] the expertise and market leadership we’ve established over our 17-year operating history,” said Huang.

The agreement signed by all parties is a letter of intent representing the shared demand held by the four companies for large-scale data centre infrastructure and services in selected upcoming markets beyond the core markets. A demand driven by the growth of the Chinese digital economy.

In November, figures by Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) found that data figures mobile data traffic in China had risen by 148% year-on-year. Traffic grew to an average of 2.25GB per subscriber a month, while total mobile call minutes fell 4.5% year-on-year said C114.net.

A pilot project is to be launched in the Tianjin market but the specific details of such are subject to further legal negotiation.

To view the full article, visit Capacity Media

Global Switch teams with China Telecom to launch $640m data center

China Telecom and Daily Tech have partnered with Global Switch to launch a new HK$5 billion ($640 million) data center in Hong Kong.

The new facility will be one of Hong Kong’s largest carrier and cloud neutral multi-customer data centers, according to Global Switch, offering low latency connectivity in a network dense environment.

The data center will be located in Tseung Kwan O (TKO) Industrial Estate, part of the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park development. It will provide 71,000 square meters of space with 100MVA power supply, and will sit adjacent to the TKO cable landing station.

The data center will deliver a cloud and IT ecosystem for the region, offering access to a variety of products, services and features, including: resilient power and cooling solutions; colocation services, networking services (internet, MPLS, IEPL, CDN and cross-connect services); biometric security, network security services including anti-DDoS; and supporting services.

Deng Xiaofeng, CEO of China Telecom Global, said: “CTG is focused on leading the development of world-class network services to facilitate our customers’ demands for globalization and digitalization.

“We see tremendous business potential in the coming years as more and more people will be connected to the Internet. Leveraging our cooperation partners’ complementary strengths and strategic collaboration, we will continue to provide high-value services to build a brighter future for globalization and informatization.”

The data center is also near the Hong Kong Stock Exchange hosting facility, and will offer customers a hub for growth and a gateway into one of Asia’s most dynamic regions, Global Switch said.

To view the full article visit Capacity Media

 

China Telecom adds 5G testing sites

China Telecom has announced the deployed a new 5G base station in Lanzhou, in China’s Gansu province, expanding its pilot project for 5G networks to six cities. The telco previously deployed 5G base stations in Shenzhen, Shanghai, Suzhou, Chengdu and Xiong’an new district in Baoding.

China Telecom said it plans to run laboratory and networks tests until the end of next year, before commencing pre-commercialization of 5G technology in 2019. The telco aims to launch commercial 5G services in 2020.

China Telecom set up its 5G station in tech city Shenzhen in early October covering various industrial zones including Shenzhen Software Industry Base. With these 5G base stations, the Asian operator said it can undertake end-to-end testing for key 5G technologies.

Last month, China Telecom signed an agreement with the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT) to collaborate on several areas related to 5G including smart manufacturing, internet of things, smart cities, Big Data and networking.

China Telecom also said it is also looking into the use of cellular networks for emerging areas such as augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), the internet of vehicles.

To view the full article visit RCR Wireless

China Telecom Bestpay to boost presence in mobile payment

China Telecom Bestpay, a wholly owned subsidiary of China Telecom Corp committed to mobile payment, announced Thursday plans to invest 10 billion yuan ($1.5 billion) in resources to boost its presence in the fast-growing market.

The company announced its marketing plan, which is aimed to reduce marketing costs and increasing revenue for Bestpay’s business partners. The plan will cover payment services, resource sharing and integrated marketing, according to Chen Yiwen, vice-general manager of the company.

According to the plan, China Telecom Bestpay will promote its payment service with a cheaper service fee and provide its partners a more user-friendly experience. China Telecom Bestpay will vary its service to different partners based on itheir business sizes, brands and revenues.

China Telecom Bestpay will achieve full resource sharing with its business partners in customer information, channels, risk management and big data, creating a leverage effect regarding branding and marketing.

In terms of integrated marketing, China Telecom Bestpay offered online and offline users a certain amount off in transactions through its product Bestpay, a third-party payment platform. Up to January 2016, the app had attracted over 290 million users and became the third-largest payment platform operator following Alipay and Wechat.

To view the full article, visit China Daily

Philips Lighting works with China Telecom to boost smart city application

Philips Lighting Holding has cooperated with China Telecom to promote smart-city application in China through using its smart Internet-connected lighting technology and China Telecom’s NB-IoT (narrow band-Internet of Things) technology and networks, according to Philips Lighting senior vice president and Greater China president John Wang.

The cooperation will promote construction of smart-city infrastructure and development of smart-city application through connecting smart outdoor lighting systems with smart-city networks, Wang said. As China Telecom has set up an IoT open platform based on Ericsson Device Connection Platform (DCP) to offer IoT management services for global enterprise customers, smart-city application can be introduced to overseas markets via the open platform.

To view the full article, visit DigiTimes

China Telecom and TTK complete terrestrial China to Europe 100G deployment

China Telecom and TransTeleCom (TTK) have completed one of the world’s first terrestrial high-bit-rate fibre routes connecting China and Europe.

The 100G cable connects data points across Asia to Frankfurt, Germany, with interconnected communications lines at Russian Zabaikalsk and Chinese Manchuria.

In order to complete deployment, the two companies developed a new gateway interface tat was built on the border between the countries.

The terrestrial cable will provide an alternative route to subsea cables that currently carry a significant amount of traffic from Asia to Europe, with Russia acting as the “optimal communication bridge” and the shortest path, according to TTK.

“It is important to have reliable high-rate terrestrial channel with low latency for our growing needs in data transmission between Europe and Asia,” shared Deng Xiao Feng, CEO of China Telecom Global.

“TTK has one of the largest backbone networks in Russia and is trusted partner of China Telecom in Europe-Asia transit traffic market. The new route gives us an opportunity to offer highest-quality telecommunication services to our clients both inside and outside China.”

To view the full article, visit Capacity Media

 

China Telecom Partners Bridge Alliance to Offer Regional M2M/IoT Services

HONG KONG, CHINA – Media OutReach – 30 October 2017 – China Telecom signed an IoT business partnership agreement with Bridge Alliance, enabling China Telecom to provide Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine to Machine (M2M) services to multinational enterprise customers across Bridge Alliance’s footprint.

Bridge Alliance is a leading mobile alliance covering 34 countries or regions in Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa. According to independent research and advisory firm Analysys Mason, Bridge Alliance is one of the best-positioned operator groups to provide enterprise mobility services to corporations in Asia Pacific.

This non-exclusive partnership comes at an opportune moment, where Asia Pacific is riding high on the IoT momentum. The region, excluding Japan, is forecasted to be the IoT investment leader, with an expected spend reaching $455 billion in 2021.

The agreement leverages Bridge Alliance’s technical and commercial capabilities to provide homogenous solutions across its footprint. This enables China Telecom’s customers to apply a ‘glocalised’ approach tapping on the simplicity of one single integration with China Telecom and the full support and service quality of local networks in Bridge Alliance.

Similarly, Bridge Alliance members can now extend their IoT services to China through China Telecom. As both China Telecom and Bridge Alliance operators have deployed common connectivity platforms, international enterprise customers can have the same experience when deploying their solutions across the footprint of China Telecom and Bridge Alliance. China Telecom will support different collaboration models with Bridge Alliance members for such connectivity requirements into China.

“We are excited to join Bridge Alliance as a business partner. China Telecom has a strong portfolio of multinational enterprise customers who are looking to deploy their products and services across the Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa regions. Bridge Alliance is the ideal partner to fulfill such requirements. Likewise, China Telecom is also ready to support any inbound opportunities from the member operators into China. With the supporting common platform and the business opportunities across these different regions, we are confident this partnership will be a mutually beneficial and win-win business collaboration,” said Mr. Deng Xiao Feng, Managing Director of Global Business Department of China Telecom.

To view the original press release, visit Media Outreach

Kyland Technology Pairs With China Telecom to Promote Smart City Construction in Xiongan New Area

(Yicai Global) Oct. 23 — Beijing-based Kyland Technology Co. will work with China Telecommunications Corp. to jointly promote and provide smart city information technology infrastructure and industry application services in Xiongan New Area.

The two sides have signed a framework agreement, the Industrial Internet application integrated solutions provider stated today.

The parties will team up to promote and provide smart city information technology infrastructure and industry application services and will jointly set up an expert team to advance CIM (City Information Model) standard research in Xiongan New Area in North China’s Hebei province, the statement said.

The pair will also team up to jointly promote Industrial Internet network security and Industrial Internet credit system construction, and promote the construction of a next-generation intelligent network operation, Big Data operation and service system, and industry innovation applications in the area, the statement added.

The two sides will jointly explore the feasibility of establishing an Industrial Internet industry fund in the area, to prompt the implementation of Industrial Internet ecosystem, and provide a complete solution for industrial upgrading, the company said. The parties will also cooperate to further the construction of a civilian-military integration innovation center in the area to jointly provide overall solutions for communications networks with independence and self-control for a civilian-military integrated communication system, and build an Internet of Things platform with independence and self-control, per the statement.

To view the full article, please visit Yicai Global

China Telecom and Huawei’s CloudFAN Slicing Solution Wins the Outstanding Innovation Team Award at PT Expo China 2017

Beijing, September 27 (CWW) – At the PT Expo China 2017, China Telecom’s Shanghai Branch, the Shanghai Research Institute of China Telecom, and Huawei received the annual Outstanding Technology Innovation Team award in the optical communication field. This award was received for a new PON OLT that supports flexible network slicing and its applications.

PT Expo China is hosted by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade. It is China’s largest exhibition and conference in the information communications field. In 2017, the Expo held its annual award selection, with an award selection committee composed of leading experts from the People’s Posts and Telecommunications News (PPTN), the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT), academic institutions, and China Telecom, China Mobile, and China Unicom and their research institutes. These awards are authoritative in the communications industry…

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China Telecom Ranks Global No. 1 in IR Magazine’s Global Top 50 Awards 2017

HONG KONG, Oct. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — China Telecom Corporation Limited ranks No. 1 in IR Magazine’s Global Top 50 Awards 2017. The Awards was based on IR Magazine’s annual surveys of investors and analysts across the world for its regional awards programs in EuropeBrazilCanada, US, Greater China and South East Asia. Last year, China Telecom ranked No. 2 in the “Global Top 50 Awards”.

The Global Top 50 in 2017 comprises of 21 US companies, followed by 13 companies from EuropeGreater China and Canada provide five issuers each, while four come from Brazil and two from South East Asia. China Telecom has climbed over the year to claim the crown in the Global Top 50 and takes the top spot in global rankings.

The above honor reaffirms China Telecom’s excellence in investor relations and corporate governance, and strong commitment to a high standard of transparency. The Company maintains top standard not only among regional large cap corporations, but is also highly recognized by the investment community globally. China Telecom would like to express its sincere thanks to the investors and analysts for their continuous support.

Spirent Helps China Telecom Beijing Research Institute Complete the World’s First Test for Three Tier Decoupling of VNF Elements

Spirent Communications Plc (LSE:SPT), announced today that it assisted China Telecom Beijing Research Institute to complete the world’s first successful carrier-class virtual broadband remote access server (vBRAS) three-tier decoupling test, marking a significant breakthrough in China Telecom’s CTNet2025 Network Restructuring. The three-tier project successfully decoupled VNF elements, the virtualization layer and the hardware layer, which is the key to large-scale NFV deployments. Only with decoupling of the three tiers, it is possible to create realistic network function virtualization and to eliminate soft silos to accelerate the development of a new industrial eco-system, which is China Telecom’s primary goal for promoting its CTNet2025 initiative.

At present, three-tier decoupling faces great challenges, including how to orchestrate components of different levels from different vendors, how to test across different virtualization platforms, and how to introduce new testing methodologies for three-tier decoupling. The capability to test across various platforms is critical in understanding the benchmark performance matrix of virtual network elements on each platform, allowing for accurate infrastructure capacity planning and deployment of future services.

For the test, Spirent provided a suite of test solutions including: Spirent iTest automated test case execution engine; Spirent TestCenter performance testing emulation; and CloudStress, a synthetic workload generator. All these solutions were seamlessly integrated with the TeleTOS framework, an automated test orchestration system, developed in-house by China Telecom, that greatly improves test efficiency while allowing for quick turn-up and operation of new services. It also enables achievement of a DevOps model for virtual network services and integration of service development, testing, and operations.

“As a key technology in the process of network restructuring, NFV faces many challenges in deploying applications at scale in the existing networks, and the three-tier decoupling is one of the greatest challenges. Before the vBRAS three-tier decoupling, only hardware and software decoupling or two-tier decoupling was possible, says Dr. Zhu Xuetian, Director, Network Technology Research Department of the China Telecom Beijing Research Institute. “Today, we are able to achieve three-tier decoupling in a very short time-period due to unrelenting dedication and continuous collaboration from Spirent. We have also developed the TeleTOS automated test orchestration system in-house and integrated it with Spirent’s innovative test solutions thereby greatly reducing the time needed for testing and accelerating our time to value.”

“The complete end-to-end Spirent NFV solutions provide carriers with the necessary tools to assess various virtual network elements including NFV Infrastructure, VNF and MANO. In addition, Spirent has made many contributions in NFV testing methodologies, allowing China Telecom to ensure its high Quality of Service in virtualized operating networks, to turn-up and operate new services in an accelerated and effective way,” says Tan Hao, VP of Sales in Greater China and East Asia.

The carrier-grade, virtualization network emulation and verification platform developed by this team, covers traditional test cases of vBRAS and includes new test cases for NFV infrastructure benchmarking, performance evaluation, noisy neighbor scenarios, stability and life cycle management. The decoupling test has provided reliable technical evidence for large-scale carrier deployments of VNF. It has also created a solid foundation and has explored new test concepts and test methodologies for future three-tier decoupling tests on VNF network elements such as vEPC, vFirewall and vCPE, representing a solid leap forward on the road for network restructuring for China Telecom.

To view the original press release, please visit Spirent

Huawei Assists China Telecom to Build 5G-oriented C-RAN Fronthaul Network

Huawei announces that its Blade optical transport network (OTN) solution will assist China Telecom (Liaoning) in building a 5G-oriented cloud radio access network (C-RAN) fronthaul network. These fronthaul networks will enable Liaoning Telecom to effectively cope with denser site deployment requirements in the future 5G era in addition to further improving the existing 4G network coverage. As a result, Liaoning Telecom can greatly improve users’ access bandwidth and user experience of mobile broadband access.

To meet the ever-increasing user experience requirements of mobile broadband, Liaoning Telecom implemented the comprehensive coverage of e-Surfing 4G+ networks. It has been gradually adopting C-RAN architecture to cope with difficulties in site acquisition and energy consumption. However, because C-RAN network architecture consumes a large amount of fiber resources at the access layer, there will be a severe shortage of fiber resources in the coming 5G era due to the requirement of denser site deployment. Liaoning Telecom is in urgent need of a new solution that will allow it to conserve fiber resources and quickly improve wireless network coverage.

As the sub-solution of the X-Haul solution, Blade OTN is fronthaul-oriented and can effectively meet Liaoning Telecom’s network deployment requirements. Blade OTN uses Huawei’s Turbo WDM Technology to achieve the industry’s largest 100G bandwidth using 10G optical components. It supports a maximum of 15 channels of Common Public Radio Interface (CPRI, as C-RAN fronthaul interface) access, and implements aggregation of multiple service channels at the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO), helping Liaoning Telecom reduce core fiber requirements by over 90%.

The optimal intelligent design of this solution eliminates wavelength planning, automatically provisions services upon power-on, and remotely locates faults, meeting the rapid network deployment and automatic O&M requirements of C-RAN fronthaul networks. Line-side 1+1 and ring network protections are configured to improve the reliability of C-RAN fronthaul networks. In addition, cascading ensures the smooth network evolution towards 5G fronthaul networks, and protects live-network investments.

To promote the development of the UBB industry and explore ways to boost service growth, Ultra-Broadband Forum (UBBF) 2017, will be held from October 18 to October 19, 2017 in Hangzhou, China. This UBBF will focus on the topics of ‘New Growth with B2B’, ‘Deliver the Video Dividends’, ‘Accelerate Gigaband Society’, ‘Towards 5G Era’, and on the innovation of All-Cloud Network solutions. Huawei will comprehensively demonstrate how X-Haul will help operators keep up with service requirements in the 5G era, promoting the full deployment of 5G bearer networks.

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Huawei Joins Forces with China Telecom and China’s State Grid to Develop 5G Slicing Solution for Power Industry

At the third New-Generation Internet Infrastructure Forum in Beijing, China Telecom Beijing Research Institute, China Electric Power Research Institute, and Huawei said they would cooperate on the joint basic foresight innovation project about 5G power slicing technology.

Zhang Chengliang, Vice Director of China Telecom’s Beijing Research Institute presided over the opening ceremony. Zhu Xuetian, Director of Network Technology & Planning Dept. of China Telecom Beijing Research Institute, Ding Huixia, Director of Communications Test and Simulation Center of China Electric Power Research Institute, and Qiu Xuefeng, VP of Packet Core Network, Huawei Cloud Core Network Product Line jointly announced the formal launch of the joint innovation project.

5G is a new-generation wireless communications technology that introduces thing-to-thing and human-to-thing communications to the traditional human-human communications scenarios. Based on the all-cloud 5G core network, a 5G network can use the same infrastructure to provide differentiated network slices for diverse application scenarios. For example, a slice of ultra-low latency can better meet application requirements, such as automatic power distribution, in the power industry. A 5G network slice can achieve security and isolation at the same level as those provided by a private power grid, but requires much lower cost and better promotes application innovation of the smart grid.

“5G slicing provides differentiated capabilities for diverse requirements of innovative industry applications,” said Zhu Xuetian, Director of Network Technology & Planning Dept. of China Telecom Beijing Research Institute. “The three-party collaboration project is the first exploration of 5G slicing in power industry applications. 5G slicing is applied to vertical industries, such as the electric power industry, and this will incubate more new applications and business models.”

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China Telecom Taps Versa Networks for SD-WAN Service

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Versa Networks, a leading provider of next-generation software-based networking and security solutions, today announced that it has been selected by China Telecom (CT) as its primary vendor for software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) and security (SD-Security) to serve its global customer base.

CT’s managed SD-WAN service is built on Versa’s comprehensive suite of virtualized network and security functions (VNFs), enabling a truly software-based managed SD-WAN service that provides customers greater business agility and cloud readiness through its application-level visibility, control and integrated set of security functions. CT is deploying Versa’s multi-tenant SD-WAN and SD-Security solution in 15 cloud hubs globally for distributed reach and centralized control. At its customers’ branch offices, CTG deploys Versa’s SD-WAN software on low-cost x86 appliances to provide integrated network and security with instant scalability – while helping to eliminate branch appliance sprawl.

“China Telecom serves an ever growing base of Chinese and other global corporations,” said Robert Zhu, Senior Director of Asia Pacific, Versa Networks. “As their customers realize the benefits that a cloud-native network architecture can offer in the way of increased business agility, cloud enablement and user experience, as well as cost savings, CT will be well-positioned to be the network provider of choice. Versa is very excited to partner with CT and enable their global customers to digitally transform their networks and overall business processes.”

To view the full press release, please visit Versa Networks

China Telecom adopts Spirent VoLTE audio test systems

China Telecom has selected Spirent Communications as exclusive provider of VoLTE audio test systems. Spirent’s Umetrix audio product is being used to measure the performance of every new smartphone design, and China Telecom has set quality requirements to be met.

China Telecom tests how smartphones carry voice, and how successful they are at establishing and maintaining calls. These tests are performed while simulating realistic network conditions, such as when handsets are moving between cells, when they are in low signal areas, when networks are congested, and while the handset is simultaneously sending and receiving data.

Spirent’s Umetrix technology is designed to take key performance indicators (KPI) measurements in a completely automated lab test environment, and in live network field tests to stress handset designs and point out areas for improvement.

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China Telecom Is Building a MEC Network for a Refinery

China Telecom is working with the Zhenhai Refining and Chemical Co. to build a smart petroleum refinery in Ningbo, China, using multi-access edge computing (MEC). The MEC network will be based upon Huawei’s MEC@CloudEdge technology.

Huawei first demonstrated its MEC@CloudEdge architecture at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last February. The technology uses a cloud native architecture and positions the network functions and third-party applications at the network edge so that applications and content are processed closer to the user. This reduces latency and makes for a better user experience.

The China Telecom MEC network will use LTE, which has a two-hop flat architecture. This means that the base station and the core network are often separated by a significant distance causing unpredictable congestion and jitter. Moving the network functions and processing to the network edge can reduce latency.

China Telecom said it plans to use MEC@CloudEdge for services such as video surveillance, mobile office, and on-site data collection and transmission. When the MEC network is complete, a registered user with the Zhenhai Refining and Chemical Co. will be able to access both the private enterprise network and the public network.

This isn’t the first MEC network built with Huawei MEC@CloudEdge technology. In July, China Mobile Beijing said it was piloting a smart stadium at the Beijing South Railway Station using MEC@CloudEdge. That trial is looking at ways to integrate video content into an edge gateway. China Mobile customers that are at the stadium can watch content by scanning a QR code or subscribing to a video package.

To view the full article, visit SDX Central

China Telecom ready to support Kyrgyzstan’s digital transformation plans

BISHKEK, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) — China Telecom expressed interest and readiness to cooperate with Kyrgyzstan in digitalizing its telecommunications, the Kyrgyz leader’s press service reported Friday.

The two sides discussed future cooperation in the national 2040 Taza Koom (Clean society) digital transformation program, said Sapar Isakov, chief of the Kyrgyz President’s Office.

“By implementing associated technological solutions, we intend to significantly improve the access of our citizens to public services. Within the framework of the Taza Koom project, conditions will be created to increase such capacity for all regions of the country,” Isakov noted.

He added that in order to achieve these goals, Kyrgyzstan will consider proposals from foreign partners and also study best practices in implementing major innovation projects.

In turn, Xia Wei, head of the representative office of China Telecom in Central Asia, expressed the company’s interest in helping the country reach its digital telecommunications goals.

“Our company has extensive experience in implementing innovative solutions in the telecommunications field. We are ready to study the Taza Koom program in detail and work with Kyrgyzstan,” Xia Wei said.

As part of the 2040 National Sustainable Development Strategy of Kyrgyzstan, the high-tech program was presented by Kyrgyz authorities in April, 2017, and aimed at building a state that better serves citizens, improves public services and creates better business conditions.

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FOMO Pay enters into strategic partnership with China Telecom to bring BestPay into Singapore

On 29 July 2017, representatives from China Telecom’s BestPay and FOMO Pay met at the Tianyi Intelligent Ecological Expo where they signed a cooperation agreement, officially announcing the entry of BestPay into Singapore. This is yet another exciting step towards bringing the convenience of WeChat Pay to users in Singapore. Under this strategic partnership, FOMO Pay will help to incorporate China Telecom BestPay’s payment solutions into the shopfronts of various local merchants and retailers.

Known in China as one of the three largest telecommunications provider, China Telecom boasts a network of 1.1 million stores spread all over the country and 300 million active users. Through its mobile application BestPay, China Telecom has recently been expanding rapidly overseas starting with Australia’s RoyalPay in July 2017.

Given FOMO Pay’s strong presence and experience with WeChat Pay in the Singapore market, it is no surprise that China Telecom chose to partner with FOMO Pay. More than 1,000 participating merchants will be covered under this partnership, including Tangs departmental store, Charles & Keith, Pedro, TWG, Lacoste, Pazzion, SF Express and the Fragrance hotel chain. These merchants cover the full suite of services and retailers catering to the tourism industry in Singapore, bringing convenient WeChat mobile payment services to tourists and locals alike. Soon, patrons of these shops would be able to use WeChat Pay to pay for items and services if they have a China Telecom subscription and have installed the BestPay mobile application.

With the presence of growth opportunities for mobile payment solutions in the Singapore market, this new development will undoubtedly increase the usage of the WeChat payment app. It is likely that in the near future, it will be the norm to pay by WeChat instead of using credit or debit cards.

China Telecom joins HomeGrid Forum

China Telecom’s main research arm the China Telecom Shanghai Research Institute has joined the HomeGrid Forum to support the deployment of G.hn technology in Asia.

The Institute has been working on G.hn related products for more than three years, with China Telecom selecting G.hn as its home networking technology of choice.

China Telecom Shanghai announced its first public tender request for G.hn devices earlier this year, marking the start of commercial deployments of the technology in China.

In addition, the Institute has expressed an interest in establishing a HomeGrid Forum Certification facility at its Shanghai labs, adding a third point of call for silicon and system vendors to certify their products in the region after Shenzhen and Taipei.

“Welcoming China Telecom Shanghai Research Institute as our newest member is fantastic. We look forward to gaining its invaluable insight and perspective into the Chinese and Asian markets as we continue to expand our presence in the region,” HomeGrid Forum president Donna Yasay said.

“We’ve been championing G.hn technology for many years and support from an organization of this caliber validates our efforts. When combined with other technologies, such as wireless, home mesh networking and Ethernet, G.hn creates an unrivalled hybrid that can extend connectivity further than other products on the market. G.hn is the vital backbone for the kind of seamless connectivity that is now in demand around the world.”

To view the original press release, visit Marketwired

Ericsson and China Telecom launch IoT platform

China Telecom and Ericsson are launching a global management support platform for IoT devices.

The platform known as ‘China Telecom’s IoT Open Platform’ will enable customers to deploy and manage IoT devices that are connected globally.  In an attempt to enhance customer experience, the platform will provide solutions and services for several devices.

The companies aim to support enterprises using the platform which is powered by Ericsson’s Device Connection (EDC), to allow businesses around the world to have better access to connectivity.

Magnus Rahm, Head of Global Service Operations, Ericsson, says: “The IoT market is growing very rapidly and we aim to use our expertise in this area to help our customers capitalize on this opportunity.

“Together with China Telecom, we can play a key role in realizing the tremendous potential of the IoT by reinventing processes, creating new services, and capturing new revenue.”

The platform will offer a means of support to China’s growing businesses by increasing mobility in the region, and providing more efficient business practices in the IoT sector.

It will provide enterprise customers with services to better integrate IoT solutions within their business processes, giving them the opportunity to operate more productivity.

China Telecom will use the platform to drive digital transformation among business industries in China, and other countries that provide substantial opportunity for trade.

The move comes as part of supporting China’s One Belt One Road’ development strategy. This was introduced as a means to boost growth between China and other Eurasian countries, enhancing infrastructure, and increasing connectivity and trade. This in turn will offer more economic growth and opportunities for regional businesses in China to invest and work with other international businesses.

To view the full press release, visit Ericsson

AT&T, China Telecom to extend joint venture for business services support

AT&T and China Telecom have signed a framework agreement that confirms their intent to renew the 20-year authorization for Shanghai Symphony Telecommunications Co. Ltd. (SST), the joint venture AT&T, China Telecom, and Shanghai Information Investments formed in 2000. The two service providers expect the joint venture will continue to serve the interests of multinational companies doing business in China through development of new services.

The agreement sees the two services providers pledging to develop new services to meet growing needs for Internet of Things (IoT), cloud-based big data, voice over LTE (VoLTE) roaming, and software-defined networking (SDN). In particular, the companies have agreed to collaborate on:

  • the establishment and accelerated adoption of industry standards for SDN
  • the creation of bilateral roaming tests contemplated in a previously executed Roaming Agreement for business customers
  • exploration of the potential of VoLTE roaming.

The new agreement also establishes the companies’ desire to expand the scope of SST and the locations it serves.

“Global businesses have to be innovative and agile to succeed today. Growing our relationship with China Telecom, AT&T is helping multinational customers have consistent access to the advanced solutions they need in China. This will help them speed their digital evolution for years to come,” predicted Thaddeus Arroyo, CEO, AT&T Business Solutions and International segment.

“Working with AT&T, China Telecom is creating future business solutions that use enterprise mobility, cloud, IoT and other technologies.” said Gao Tongqing, executive director and executive vice president of China Telecom.

To view the original press release, visit AT&T

China Telecom, Silver Peak to Provide Global Managed SD-WAN

China Telecom has partnered with Silver Peak to provide tiered managed SD-WAN services to multinational enterprise customers.

The managed SD-WAN solution, based on Silver Peak Unity EdgeConnect and Unity Boost, will be delivered to China Telecom’s multinational customers based in the PRC looking to expand network services within the region and globally. The managed SD-WAN technology provides security services; SaaS optimization; cloud application performance, visibility and control; secure WAN connectivity; SLA-based performance for on premise and cloud-hosted applications; and tiered WAN optimization services with Silver Peak’s Unity Boost.

“By partnering with the industry leader Silver Peak, we can accelerate growth and expand our customer base by offering cost-effective global WAN connectivity to our existing Chinese multinational clients and attract new multinational clients that seek low-cost WAN connectivity across their sites in China,” said Cao Zheng, manager of network management expert business department at China Telecom Shanghai Ideal Information Industry Group, in the release.

Tiered managed SD-WAN services enable operators to deliver additional services in an automated way and derive incremental revenue from acceleration for SaaS services, WAN optimization as a service, analytics and security services, said Shayne Stubbs, vice president of service provider and cloud for Silver Peak, in an interview with Light Reading. Tiered services are the next generation of managed SD-WAN services, added Nav Chander, senior director of service provider marketing for Silver Peak.

“Tiered services — we think that’s the next evolution of managed SD-WAN services … not all services are needed for all applications and customers are different sizes and how far they reach may not require the same level of service, and we have that flexibility to take any of those applications and package them,” said Chander. “For example, analytics as a service is one of those areas where service providers are trying to figure out how can they monetize and make money from that — that’s a new source of potential revenue on top of SD-WAN — that’s another value-add, higher-margin service.”

The Silver Peak Unity Orchestrator and Unity EdgeConnect are also integrated with China Telecom’s NetCare unified customer network monitoring and management platform.

“NetCare is for their largest global accounts — they probably represent 80% of global revenue,” said Stubbs.”We’ve been integrated with NetCare completely at an API level for fully automated service delivery for over nine months.”

In addition to China Telecom, Silver Peak has dozens of service provider partners delivering their managed SD-WAN services including NTT Communications, Hyundai HCN in South Korea, Masergy Communications, TeliaSonera Finland and Interoute Communications Ltd. Silver Peak also has 450 new production customers for Silver Peak’s Unity EdgeConnect SD-WAN solution, which are enterprise customers from direct end channels.

“Silver Peak and China Telecom’s partnership has come at an opportune time as the APAC market is just beginning to embrace SD-WAN,” said Roopa Honnachari, industry director of Business Communication Services & Cloud Computing Services – ICT for Frost & Sullivan , in an email to Light Reading. “The SD-WAN market has emerged out of the early adopter stage and is gaining traction, globally. Managed SD-WAN, in particular, is of immense value to enterprises as the service provider takes on the tasks of procuring, deploying and managing the hybrid network and edge devices, and ensuring application performance. In a recent Frost & Sullivan SD-WAN survey, nearly 50% of the respondents stated they would prefer to buy SD-WAN from their current network service provider or a managed service provider.”

China Telecom is also partnering with Wetcon-Comstor, a global distributor for Silver Peak, which acts as a service delivery vehicle with on the ground presence in China to assist China Telecom with fulfillment and integration of the underlying Silver Peak EdgeConnect SD-WAN solution.

China Telecom, Telenor Connexion launch joint IoT platform

China Telecom and Telenor Connexion have presented a common Internet of Things (IoT) Open Platform at the launch event for “eSurfing on the Silk Road, IoT with the World” in Shanghai. This common platform enables both companies to serve their respective customers by providing IoT and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) services on each other’s network.

It enables China Telecom’s multi-national enterprise customers with outbound IoT business to deploy their assets and offerings under Telenor Connexion’s networks in the European and other Asian Markets. Similarly, Telenor Connexion’s global customers can get the benefits of the rapidly growing Chinese market by using China Telecom’s IoT network resources and business capabilities.

The switching of IoT subscription between networks is achieved by the integration of the two commonly deployed eUICC platforms that are the key component of IoT collaboration across borders.

China Telecom and Telenor Connexion will cooperate both commercially and technically to create new service models that support the global IoT opportunities. Telenor Connexion will be one of China Telecom’s preferred partners for connectivity in Europe and other Asian regions, while China Telecom will also be Telenor Connexion’s preferred partner for connectivity in China based on the DCP platform and ecosystem.

The companies have also agreed to explore the potential of enhancing existing IoT capabilities and the application of new technologies such as NB-IoT and LTE-M in the global market.

AsiaSat Expands In-flight Services for China Telecom

In-flight connectivity has been a hot topic in China. Recently, AsiaSat CEO, Andrew Jordan highlighted aviation as a key avenue for the satellite communication industry, shining some optimism on its potential for AsiaSat. “AsiaSat is very happy to be providing an expanded service for the China aviation market, after China Telecom was granted official approval by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the PRC to increase capacity usage for expanded airborne communication networks, and is delighted they chose AsiaSat 7 which now supports the most inflight communications service for airlines in China.”

AsiaSat has been supporting China Telecom with AsiaSat 7 capacity since 2016 for the provision of inflight Wi-Fi services for some 100 planes, from domestic airlines including China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Xiamen Airlines and Hainan Airlines, as well as for ground communications for international airlines such as United Airlines, Emirates, and Lufthansa. Amongst all other satellites from operators providing inflight connectivity services, AsiaSat 7 provides the most capacity in China.

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China Telecom Honoured with “Best CEO” and “Best Investor Relations”

HONG KONG, June 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — China Telecom Corporation Limited (“China Telecom” or the “Company”; HKEx: 00728; NYSE: CHA) is pleased to announce that the Company was honoured with the following corporate governance grand awards in the Asian Excellence Awards 2017 organised by Corporate Governance Asia, a leading regional journal on corporate governance:

  • “Best CEO”
  • “Best Investor Relations”

Corporate Governance Asia acknowledged that China Telecom stands firm with the fulfilment of its responsibilities to stakeholders, continues to promote enterprise transformation and enhance its flourishing corporate value, by adhering to its core philosophy of “comprehensive innovation, pursuing truth and pragmatism, respecting people and creating value all together”. In addition, China Telecom was also honoured with the accomplishment in its investor relations practice by providing investors with necessary information, data and services in a timely manner.

Organised by Corporate Governance Asia, the Asian Excellence Awardsare designed to recognise the achievements and excellence in management acumen, financial performance, corporate social responsibility, environmental practices and investor relations. The accolades are based both on the scores from the data that was submitted by readers and from interviews conducted with investors.

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China Telecom aims to make Shanghai a gigabit city

China Telecom’s Shanghai branch Shanghai Telecom plans to deploy the first commercial FTTH network in China using 10G PON technologies, and aims to provide full 1Gbps fiber coverage across Shanghai over the next three years.

Shanghai Telecom has contracted Huawei to help with the rollout, which marks an important step towards making Shanghai China’s first gigabit city, the vendor said.

Shanghai Telecom was providing 1Gbps access for 269 communities in the city, and through the deployment aims to increase the average access rate for its network from 50Mbps to 280Mbps by the end of 2018.

The operator is using its high-speed network to offer a range of home broadband services, such as multi-channel 4K video streaming, video calls and conferencing an video-based smart home services.

Under the latest rollout, the company is adopting Huawei optical line terminals (OLT) and optical network terminals (ONT) capable of providing gigabit convergence, 4K video streaming to 16,000 concurrent households over a single subrack, 8K video streaming, VR applications and smart home services.

To view the full article, please visit Retail News Asia

Shanghai’s broadband to be the world’s broadest

SHANGHAI will become the world’s first city with full coverage network of 1 gigabit broadband bandwidth, offering 10 to 20 times faster Internet access and representing the next-generation broadband services, the country’s biggest fixed-line phone maker said today.

China Telecom plans to invest 3 billon yuan (US$435 million) to build the upgraded network in 2017, which will cover 5,000 communities or 60 percent of the city by the end of this year. The network will cover the whole city in 2018 with expected more than 1 million family users then.

The average price for one megabyte is about 1.4 yuan now, 8.1 percent decrease from a year ago, according to China Telecom’s Shanghai branch.

It’s the latest move for telecommunications carriers to cut cost and improve Internet access speed as a national strategy to encourage information consumption and offer better information infrastructure for innovation.

Shanghai Telecom also announced to cut international roaming fee up to 90 percent, kick off unlimited mobile traffic data packages and offer more free Wi-Fi spots in the city.

To view the original article please visit Shanghai Daily

China Telecom taps Huawei for ROADM deployment

Huawei has secured an exclusive contract for China Telecom’s Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexer (ROADM) Network Project, the first intelligent ROADM WDM backbone network to be built in China. The network will be deployed in the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River- the fastest developing region in China- to help meet the region’s robust demand for fast broadband to support data storage and analysis for applications including big data, cloud computing and the IoT. This project covers 21 ROADM sites in Hubei, Jiangxi, Anhui, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, and Shanghai, and can provide over three hundred 100G electrical lines and 100% network recovery capability.

To view the full article, please visit Telecom Asia

China Telecom sets up key NB-IoT tech beachhead

China Telecom announced it has established the world’s biggest coverage in the narrowband internet of things, which has a wide range of commercial applications in fields including smart parking and intelligent manufacturing.

The NB-IoT is a narrow band radio technology designed for the IoT, allowing connections between IoT devices that is faster and on a wider range. The connection is for devices requiring small amounts of data, over long periods and consumes less energy.

It also has the advantage of low cost, wide coverage and long battery life, compared with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi technology.

China Telecom said on Wednesday the demand for the NB-IoT in China now accounts for more than 60 percent of the whole internet of things sector.

China Telecom said in a statement that it carried out outdoor NB-IoT tests in 12 cities in the first quarter. In March, it announced the release of the world’s first commercial NB-IoT technology-based smart water project, in partnership with Shenzhen Water, marking a significant step in promoting the commercial use of the NB-IoT.

The telecom carrier said it has joined hands with Shenzhen Gas to promote its application in the gas industry.

Moreover, China’s bicyle-sharing startup ofo is working with China Telecom and Huawei Technologies Co Ltd in a joint research on implementing its solutions for smart bicycle locks.

On Monday, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology announced it wanted to speed up the commercial use of the NB-IoT in China. The ministry said it was encouraging companies to promote the technical reform of broadband network infrastructure to facilitate its commercial use.

The ministry said the technology could be applied to the industrial internet, urban public service and management.

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China Telecom Global Offers the First 100G Service between Asia and Europe Route

HONG KONG, CHINA-(Marketwired – May 16, 2017) – China Telecom Global (CTG) has announced the launch of 100G service capability via their terrestrial cable system to answer the soaring demands for big-bandwidth connectivity between Asia and Europe in collaboration with Russian operators. On the back of the launch of the Super TSR (Transit Silk Road), an ultra-low latency terrestrial route via the China-Kazakhstan Gateway, this initiative further diversifies CTG’s product portfolio along the Europe-Asia route.

This new 100G capability is strengthened by cross-border transmission systems via the China-Russia, China-Mongolia-Russia and China-Kazakhstan-Russia routes. It will be managed with Russian partners, with whom CTG has built a strategic and lasting relationship. It is the first 100G bandwidth option available in the market via Asia and Europe, and will further support the booming IP transit/transmission demand from carrier partners and IP service providers.

In the second half of 2016, CTG launched the Super TSR with the latency feature of just 147ms from Shanghai to Frankfurt and 159ms from Hong Kong to Frankfurt, reduced by 10ms over existing routes. The new route was implemented through a partnership with a Kazakhstan operator, and is the shortest in the same direction, while also offering industry-leading low latency. The route is the optimal choice for global connectivity across diverse industries, especially in the financial services sector where high-frequency trades are latency-sensitive.

Steven Tan, Vice President of CTG Global Carrier Business said, “The readiness of the 100G service via our terrestrial cable system from Asia to Europe and the launch of Super TSR are both pioneering achievements in the market. China Telecom has devoted tremendous efforts in the diversification of Asia-Europe terrestrial cable routes, so as to improve the information exchange efficiency from Asia to Europe, and to fulfill customer expectations for alternative backup routes to regular submarine cable solutions.”

Both announcements are in line with CTG’s goal to support China’s massive Belt and Road initiative. This initiative aims to enhance the free-flow of trade, improve resource allocation efficiency, promote market integration, and create a regional economic co-operation framework. A key enabler will be low-latency and high capacity connectivity between Asian and European businesses centers. The company’s efforts aim to support this initiative by improving connectivity between the two regions, bringing Asian and European businesses closer together.

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Alibaba signs comprehensive partnership with China Telecom

E-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s announced a comprehensive strategic partnership with China Telecom on Saturday, to carry out cooperation in e-commerce, basic network and security, cloud computing, payment, rural channels, internet of things (IoT) and government procurement.

The two sides will work together to strengthen the construction of intelligent connection, smart family, new applications of information and communication technology (ICT), internet finance and IoT for China Telecom, and new retail, manufacturing, finance, technology and energy resources for Alibaba.

They will further explore deeper cooperation in the future. Alibaba and China Telecom have already carried out cooperation in the fields of data center, basic telecommunication capacity, e-commerce and mobile payment.

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Xiaomi, China Telecom Ally on Smart Home, Handset Sales

Chinese Android device maker Xiaomi and telecom operator China Telecom (NYSE: CHA; 0728.HK) have signed a cooperation agreement that will see both companies collaborate on smart home technology, e-commerce, internet finance, and handset sales.

China Telecom will gradually establish smart home models in each of its flagship retail stores in various provinces, allowing customers to try out and purchase Xiaomi smart home devices. Xiaomi will also provide China Telecom with exclusive smart router technology, selling its routers via China Telecom’s distribution channels. Both sides plan to collaborate on exploring custom network router technology, TV digital decoders, and intercommunication between user accounts.

China Telecom will also give Xiaomi access to the payment and credit top-up interface for all of its domestic mobile, landline, and broadband services. This will allow Xiaomi users to top up their mobile credit directly through the Xiaomi Store.

China Telecom’s payment service BestPay will be incorporated into the Xiaomi Store, where users can continue to take advantage of BestPay benefits such as sending red envelope cash prizes. A link to the Xiaomi store will also be embedded in the BestPay client.

The two firms will also ally on marketing. For example, China Telecom subsidiary Tianyi Telecom Terminals will become the exclusive sales agent for the Xiaomi Hongmi 4X smartphone, and will also serve as one of the primary sales agents for the Xiaomi Note 4X.

In addition, both parties will soon launch an unlimited data package called the “Mifen Card” to accompany China Telecom’s 4G + Internet services. The package is expected to go on sale in the Xiaomi Store in early June.

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China Telecom, Daily-Tech and Global Switch Sign Game-Changing Agreement for Data Center Industry

HONG KONG, CHINA–(Marketwired – Apr 25, 2017) –  A game-changing co-operation framework agreement focused on data centre construction has been signed by China Telecom, one of the world’s largest providers of integrated telecommunication services, Global Switch, the leading owner, developer and operator of large-scale, carrier and cloud neutral data centres in Europe and Asia Pacific, and Daily-Tech, a developer and operator of data centre infrastructure across China.

The agreement enables China Telecom and its partner Daily-Tech to draw on Global Switch’s already significant data centre capacity, services, development and management expertise outside China, ensuring their growing customer base continues to receive world-leading, resilient and mission critical data centre infrastructure, facilities and services as they expand into global markets.

Global Switch currently operates 10 data centres in key connectivity hubs across Europe and Asia Pacific, providing around 300,000 square metres of state of the art technical space. It currently has operations in Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Paris, Hong Kong, Singapore and Sydney.

Under the terms of the agreement, the trio of businesses will enter into various co-operation arrangements with respect to data centre facilities, including: collaboration in developing new markets, adding to Global Switch’s international footprint and capacity; joint marketing of services; one-stop service and system access; as well as data centre, network and systems integration services.

For all of the companies involved, this agreement provides a transformative platform from which to drive ongoing growth and expansion. China Telecom (CT) and Daily-Tech are boosting their competitiveness by ensuring secure and quality data centre capacity for customers on an international scale, while Global Switch has an opportunity to support and help grow CT’s extensive customer base worldwide, but remains a large-scale, carrier and cloud neutral, multi-tenant data centre provider.

The global and substantive nature of the arrangement also reaffirms a commitment from three leading and experienced businesses, to play an important role in delivering China’s Belt and Road initiative, by underpinning the international expansion of Chinese companies.

The agreement was officially signed in Hong Kong on 25 April 2017 in a ceremony attended by: Deng Xiaofeng, Chief Executive Officer of China Telecom Global; Li Qiang, Chief Executive Officer of Daily-Tech; and, John Corcoran, Chief Executive Officer of Global Switch. Simon and David Reuben, Directors and long-term core shareholders in Global Switch, were also present at the ceremony, reflecting the importance of the occasion for customers, the three businesses, and the wider data centre industry.

The terms of this framework agreement clearly establish the co-operation intentions of the three companies involved. Going forward, each business will negotiate the appropriate details and form of co-operation for specific agreements that they enter into.

At the signing ceremony, Deng Xiaofeng, Chief Executive Officer of China Telecom Global, said: “We are delighted to enter into this worldwide relationship with two of the data centre industry’s leading providers. This pioneering and important agreement will ensure our customers receive quality and secure data centre infrastructure, facilities and services as they expand internationally, as well as boosting CTG’s competitiveness in new markets. We are also pleased to be taking another significant step forward in delivering against the objectives of China’s Belt and Road initiative.”

Li Qiang, Chief Executive Officer of Daily-Tech, added: “This is an innovative, enabling and global cooperation agreement between three large-scale businesses with significant experience. It will offer new and secure growth opportunities to our strategic customers, and reaffirms our collaborative approach towards overseas expansion, by finding and sharing opportunities with mutual benefits. Ultimately, we aspire to serve more Chinese and international customers by working together.”

John Corcoran, Chief Executive Officer of Global Switch, said: “The signing of this agreement is a testament to Global Switch’s considerable strength, experience and reliability as an international, large-scale, carrier and cloud neutral data centre owner, developer and operator. It represents another core building block in our future growth strategy, and is a further demonstration of the springboard and connectivity we can offer to companies seeking to expand within a secure, professionally managed and world class environment.”

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Transatel to offer LTE data services with China Telecom

China Telecom and Transatel are opening the commercial services in China for inbound roaming LTE data services. Transatel will benefit from the new infrastructure via its SIM 901, a global data SIM card launched in 2015 and offering cellular coverage in over 100 countries and destinations.

SIM 901 is a cellular SIM card with eSIM capabilities currently commercialized by Transatel to OEMs and service providers, to enable devices with ‘always on’ connectivity. The offer is based on an international MCC (Mobile Country Code), and roaming agreements negotiated individually with over 100 mobile network operators worldwide. Via its partnership with China Telecom, Transatel will help laptop and tablet manufacturers provide their end-users with an alternative to Wi-Fi when accessing the internet.

Transatel can help onboard brands wishing to offer connectivity via the Windows Store for Windows 10-equipped laptops and tablets. Future brands selling data bundles within the Windows Store will allow their Chinese customers to benefit from 4G connectivity through the China Telecom network. This opportunity will also be available outside of the Store.

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China Telecom to provide UROS Goodspeed’s network in China and Hong Kong

APRIL 04, 2017–China Telecom and UROS Uni-fi Roaming Solutions today announced a partnership to provide international travelers with high-speed mobile internet in both China and Hong Kong at a fixed and affordable daily rate instead of costly roaming service.

China Telecom (CT) will provide 4G mobile service in both markets to give UROS’ users a consistent internet experience. Besides traditional physical SIM cards, this partnership also covers the delivery of mobile service through eSIM technology that is compliant with the latest specifications and guidelines for remote SIM provisioning as laid out by the GSM Association (GSMA), a global association of mobile device makers and mobile network operators.

Deng Xiao Feng, CEO of China Telecom Global, said: “We are excited to support UROS for its connectivity requirements across HK and mainland China. With its CTExcel brand, CT is committed to providing high quality mobile service across the regions for both consumers and enterprises without compromising quality and reliability.

“As part of its focus on innovation, China Telecom together with UROS will support eSIM technology, which can enable advanced eSIM devices to address the increasing demand in the Internet of Things (IoT) market.”

Jyrki Hallikainen, UROS chairman of the Board, said: “UROS is delighted to announce this partnership with China Telecom. We believe that combining the standardized eSIM technology together with our own IoT platform provides the most advanced and reliable solution for our corporate and mobile operator customers. CT’s eSIM coverage will be available for smartphones and Goodspeed mobile hotspot devices as well as future IoT devices globally.”

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Verizon, China Telecom, Huawei, others team at ETSI to research AI in networks

Verizon, China Telecom and Huawei are among the companies in the ETSI standards association that voted to create a new “Industry Specification Group” that will explore how artificial intelligence might be used to improve the deployment and operation of telecom networks.

Specifically, ETSI announced the elections of a chair and vice-chair for its new Industry Specification Group on “Experiential Networked Intelligence” (ISG ENI).

“The purpose of the group is to define a Context Aware System using Artificial Intelligence (AI) based on the ‘observe-orient-decide-act’ control model,” ETSI said on its website. “This enables the system to adjust offered services based on changes in user needs, environmental conditions and business goals.”

The group will “improve operators’ experience regarding network deployment and operation, by using AI techniques,” Huawei’s Raymond Forbes said on ETSI’s site. Forbes is the chairman of the new group.

“By introducing technologies such as SDN, NFV or network slicing, the network becomes more flexible and powerful,” added China Telecom’s Haining Wang, the group’s vice-chair. “Nevertheless, the complexity of the future network is not reduced, but transferred from hardware to software, from the network itself to management and operation, from equipment to people. Experiential Networked Intelligence is expected to help operators to solve these problems.”

The group said it would work on the topic with other standards organizations including IETF, MEF, 3GPP and others.

Aside from Verizon, China Telecom and Huawei, other members of the ETSI’s artificial intelligence group include the China Academy of Telecommunications Research of MIIT, the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, the Reliability and Trust/University of Luxembourg, PT Portugal, Samsung R&D Institute, Wings ICT Solutions and Xilinx.

ETSI, or the European Telecommunications Standards Institute, creates a variety of standards for fixed, mobile and internet communications.

This isn’t the first time artificial intelligence has been discussed in the realm of telecommunications. For example, AT&T’s Brian Daly said last year the carrier is experimenting with AI to make its processes more efficient. And Verizon earlier this year said its “Exponent” initiative will include big data and AI to help carriers monetize troves of data through the application of advanced machine learning techniques and deep analytics. Indeed, SoftBank’s Masayoshi Son said earlier this year that the “singularity”—the idea that the invention of artificial superintelligence will trigger massive technological growth and cultural change—will happen in the next handful of years.

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China Telecom picks Keysight tech for NB-IoT device test

China Telecom is using Keysight Technologies’ mobile-IoT test platform to help accelerate its Narrow-Band IoT (NB-IoT) chipset and module certification progress. Based on the E7515A UXM wireless test set, Keysight said it is the only all-in-one test platform vendor to support China Telecom’s NB-IoT RF conformance test and power consumption verification.

Keysight’s mobile-IoT test platform enables the operator to simulate real-world conditions so it’s able to verify critical performance, such as power consumption, RF performance and interoperability, when rolling out new NB-IoT applications, Keysight said in a press release.

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China Telecom Brings its Global MVNO, CTExcel, to Hong Kong

HONG KONG, CHINA, Mar 30, 2017 (Marketwired via COMTEX) — CTExcel now connects customers in four global markets on a single integrated network for data, voice, and text.

Businesses and individuals can enjoy a range of mobile services across Mainland China, Macau and Hong Kong, all on one mobile plan and one SIM Card.

CTExcel’s high quality solutions and packages connect Hong Kong customers with the world, and benefit global travellers on business or leisure alike.

China Telecom Global (CTG) today announced that Hong Kong’s Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA) has licensed the company to offer Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) services in Hong Kong. CTG has expanded its mobile network footprint into Hong Kong with its CTExcel brand, giving corporate clients and consumers seamless and affordable access to 4G networks around the world through a single SIM card. Hong Kong marks the fourth international market in its repertoire, adding to the company’s other launches in the United Kingdom in 2012, France in 2013 to cover the European region, and the United States in 2015.

The launch was marked with an opening ceremony attended by CTG’s management team and over 150 business partners and customers. During the event, Mr. Jacques Bonifay, CEO of Transatel and Mr. Gerrit Jan Konijnenberg, CEO of Uros were also on stage to make the announcement together with CTG’s management team, that they will be using China Telecom’s network to provide 4G roaming service to their customers travelling in Mainland China.

Integrating its telecommunications infrastructure from all four markets into one mobile network aligns with CTExcel’s vision of lowering the connectivity barrier globally. The breadth of CTExcel’s tailor-made global telecommunications portfolio provides users with access to international high-speed 4G LTE service and Mobile WiFi in over 100 countries, as well as the ability to perform IDD calls and SMS at some of the most cost-effective rates in the market.

By leveraging the network and service capabilities of its mobile business in Mainland China and Macau, CTExcel now offers Hong Kong customers a seamless and consistent mobile connection to different regions. It has also unveiled plans to roll out its “one-card-multiple-numbers” SIM card solution, which will allow customers to activate local numbers in multiple regions on a single SIM. The initiative caters especially to those who have close connections in different markets, allowing them to be contacted via local mobile numbers in a more convenient and cost-effective way.

“Along with announcement of the ‘Belt and Road’ strategy, Chinese enterprises have speeded up their pace of overseas expansion. The telecommunication demands of Mainland China, Hong Kong Macau, Europe and the Americas continue to increase. Coupled with China’s booming outbound tourism sector, an even greater need arises for services that simplify and streamline the process of staying connected to home, particularly in nearby locations like Hong Kong that often act as connecting hubs to the rest of the world,” said Mr. Deng Xiao Feng, CEO of China Telecom Global. “As the first batch of telecom companies from China to offer mobile services beyond the Asian market, we’re committed to providing our customers with the same world-class connectivity that they can expect from our home-grown network.”

Flexible and all-around packages to enterprises and individuals CTExcel also provides bespoke solutions designed to meet the needs of travellers locally and internationally. Besides providing travellers the convenience of stable and high-speed mobile services locally and abroad, CTExcel also combats overseas roaming costs and meets demands for stable Internet connectivity on-the-go, through a Mobile WiFi solution that is supported in over 100 countries and regions, allowing businesses to “pool” data across employees in different markets. The MVNO also provides 24/7 customer support hotlines, and low-cost IDD and global SMS rates to both businesses and consumers.

“CTExcel can now provide a range of solutions that are excellent in both quality and dependability to businesses and consumers in both Mainland China and Hong Kong” says Mr. Deng Xiao Feng, CEO of China Telecom Global. “Reliable access to 4G LTE connectivity in multiple markets, backed up by global customer service support and cost-effective alternatives such as our Mobile WiFi service, makes staying online hassle free and less worrisome for today’s highly mobile, always-on generation of travellers and entrepreneurs.”

CTExcel’s SIMs and services will be available for Hong Kong customers in the coming quarter of 2017 through local convenience stores, CTG’s retail and commercial partners, and via online purchase. CTG’s existing and prospective business customers can expect CTG’s enterprise business team to serve their mobile requirements together with their global wireline business.

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Inspur Teams Up with China Telecom and Intel, Announces the First Carrier-Grade Rack Scale NFV Solution at MWC 2017

BARCELONA, Spain, March. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ Inspur announced the first carrier-grade rack scale Virtualized Network Function (NFV) solution with China Telecom and Intel at Mobile World Congress 2017. Based on the OpenStack open source platform, the solution implements (VNF) lifecycle management using X86 infrastructure and virtual computing, storage and networking technology. It conforms to the NFV standards of ETSI (European Telecommunication Standard Institute), and provides agility, speed, reliability, and stability for communications service providers (CSP).

In recent years, Verizon and AT&T in the United States, Japan’s NTT, Deutsche Telekom and other major carriers throughout the world have announced a number of new network reconfiguration plans, stressing the need to use the latest Software-defined Networking (SDN) and NFV technologies to build the next-generation network infrastructure, and have achieved initial results.

Dr. Ou Liang, Director of China Telecom Guangzhou Research Institute NFV technology, said “China Telecom, Inspur and Intel teamed up to develop a hyper-scale NFV infrastructure (China Telecom NFVI Rack 1.0), which leverages Open Source technology and is the carrier’s first self-designed hype-scale NFV Rack, and the first time exhibiting in an industry show. This joint partnership has achieved a key milestone in network reconstruction and providing reliable carrier-grade infrastructure for all types of telecom cloud.

Leijun Hu, Vice President of Inspur Group said “the NFV is network reconstructed by Computing, is the main way to achieve ICT integration. As a computing platform solutions, provider, Inspur has a clear competitive edge in the computing filed, with rich experience and proven solutions in cloud computing, data centers and high availability. While traditional telecom suppliers have a strong understanding of user demands, Inspur has already established strong partnerships with Nokia, Siemens, Cisco and other industry leaders. Inspur’s leading computing technology and partners’ programs provide telecom customers with an integrated NFV solutions. As a Gold member of the OpenStack organization and the Platinum member of OCP, Inspur is committed to Open Platform and Open Source, and will actively participate in the global NFV open source projects and collaborate with industry partners to accelerate the NFV networking industry.”

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Ofo Partners With China Telecom, Huawei To Improve Smart Bike Tech

Beijing-based bike sharing firm ofo has formed a partnership with China Telecom and Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. to improve technology related to smart bikes, which has swept across the nation by storm lately.

China Telecom will provide nationwide wireless Internet coverage for ofo, while Huawei will equip ofo bikes NB-IoT (narrow band Internet of Things) chips and other telecommunication technologies.

With better Internet coverage and improved chips, ofo bikes will suffer less from smart lock malfunction, poor stability and high failure rate of solar charging that supply electricity to the central hardware of the bikes that allow users to lock and unlock vehicles.

“The partnership with Huawei and China Telecom will provide better consumer experience for our users in the world,” said Dai Wei, founder and CEO of ofo.

Launched in 2015 in Beijing, ofo has distributed over one million smart bikes equipped with GPS and smart locks in over 40 cities in the world. The company claims to have over 15 million users globally and taking a 51% market share of the bike sharing industry in China in 2016.

Mobike, ofo’s largest rival, has claimed the same saying that it is the largest bike sharing company in China. But as of January, Mobike operates in nine cities around China with hundreds of thousands of bikes in operation, the firm said previously in an email.

ofo received tens of millions of U.S. dollars from Didi Chuxing in September 2016. One month later it received US$130 million venture funding from CITIC Private Equity, Coatue Management and Xiaomi Inc.

Mobike received an undisclosed strategic investment from Singapore’s state investment firm Temasek Holdings and Hillhouse Capital earlier this week. The firm raised a total of over US$300 million since the start of 2017, including a US$215 million series D funding from Tencent Holdings Ltd. and Warburg Pincus last month, and an undisclosed amount of money from Foxconn Technology Group a few weeks later.

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SWM5 Wins Submarine Project of the Year at Global Carrier Awards

China Telecom is among the consortium that won the Project of the Year – Subsea award for the Southeast Asia–Middle East–Western Europe (SEA-ME-WE 5) submarine cable.

The award was presented at the Global Carrier Awards in Paris on November 8, 2016 and recognizes the project’s “strong industry commitment, financial stability and technical know-how in developing one of the most ambitious and successful cable projects.”

The SEA-ME-WE 5 cable system spans 20,000 kilometers and connects 16 countries across three continents from Southeast Asia to Western Europe, with a capacity of 24 Terabits per second.

“The SEA-ME-WE 5 cable system uses advanced 100 Gbps technology and is optimized for future upgrades to 200/400 Gbps to provide low-latency bandwidth and enhanced network diversity to meet the rapidly expanding demand for data transfer between Europe and Asia,” says Joe Han, President of China Telecom Americas.

SEA-ME-WE 5 Breaks Through Technological Barriers

After beginning construction in September 2014, the SEA-ME-WE 5 came into service in December 2016 and uses main endpoints that are carrier-neutral/open Points-of-Presence (PoPs) alongside a network of cable landing stations (CLS). This represents a technological breakthrough and means the SEA-ME-WE 5 is fully capable of meeting future demand.

China Telecom is proud to have worked alongside 19 of the world’s leading telecommunications providers in the 16-nation consortium that includes companies from Bangladesh, China, UAE, Myanmar, Indonesia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Pakistan and Egypt.

“China Telecom is among the leading Chinese IT service providers and the SEA-ME-WE 5 is part of our commitment to bringing enterprise internet to China and beyond,” says Mr. Han. “The project marks a global communications milestone and represents a significant systems upgrade for a worldwide network of users.”

Connecting Asia to Western Europe and the Middle East

The SEA-ME-WE 5 spans from Singapore in the east to France in the west, with PoPs at Singapore, Palermo (Italy) and Marseille (France). Cable landing stations also connect Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Oman, UAE, Qatar, Djibouti, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Turkey.

The SEA-ME-WE 5 is designed to facilitate network interconnection and is expected to improve performance with up to 20 percent latency reduction. It is also the first Europe-to-Asia cable to provide advanced PoP-to-PoP connectivity from open hubs in Europe.

The SEA-ME-WE 5 joins China Telecom’s vast global network of 33 submarine cables and high-speed terrestrial links that connect 72 countries and regions around the world with a total international transmission capacity of seven terabytes. China Telecom’s fiber cable network spans more than 83,000 kilometers and is the largest optical fiber network in the world.

“This is a major win for businesses in Southeast Asia that will now have a world-class data connection to the Middle East and Western Europe,” says Mr. Han. “It provides a sevenfold increase in capacity along the route and ushers in a new era of digital growth that will empower business innovation across the globe.”

For more information, hi-res images or to organize an interview, please contact Ming Wei, Director of Solution and Delivery, at weiming@ctamericas.com

About China Telecom Americas

China Telecom Americas is a wholly-owned US-based subsidiary of China Telecom Corporation, one of the world’s leading providers of integrated communications and information technology services to customers in over 70 countries around the globe. With headquarters in Herndon, Virginia, and offices in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, San Jose, Toronto and Sao Paolo, China Telecom Americas is advancing transpacific enterprise connectivity through a suite of locally-based, turnkey services from network architecture, cloud, and data center services to equipment management, security, content delivery, mobility solutions and more. Discover more at www.ctamericas.com

How China Telecom is Connecting Countries Across Asia with the APG Line

The Asia Pacific Gateway (APG) submarine fiber optic cable line is now operational in Vietnam and will be rolled out across the Asia-Pacific region throughout 2017.

With a capacity of 54 terabytes per second, the APG has the highest capacity of any network in Asia and is 20 times faster than the Asia-America Gateway (AAG).

The new network is set to increase international transmission throughout the Asia-Pacific region while reducing the load on the existing AAG.

The $450 million undersea cable project will connect eight countries – Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, Japan and Korea – and was initiated in May 2009.

China Telecom Plays Leading Role in APG

China Telecom continues to play a key role in the development and implementation of the APG in partnership with an international consortium that includes PLDT (the Philippines), Chunghwa Telecom (Taiwan), China Unicom, KT Corp. (Korea), NTT Communications (Japan), Telekom Malaysia and VNPT (Vietnam).

The APG joins China Telecom’s vast global network of 33 submarine cables and high-speed terrestrial links that connect 72 countries and regions around the world with a total international transmission capacity of seven terabytes.

“The APG is a key strategic step in China Telecom’s journey to becoming one of the leading Chinese IT services providers in the world,” says Joe Han, President of China Telecom Americas.

“We are honored to be working alongside some of the region’s finest telecommunications companies to bring world-class network capacities to the rapidly developing Asia-Pacific business community.”

The APG is the latest addition to China Telecom’s fiber cable network that spans more than 83,000 kilometers and is the largest optical fiber network in the world.

“As one of the world’s leading Chinese internet service providers, China Telecom continues to build our expansive global network to serve our rapidly growing customer base of multinational enterprises looking for reliable, scalable and secure network services,” says Mr. Han.

APG Supports Business Growth in Asia-Pacific

The construction of the APG was completed in November 2016. It spans 10,900 kilometers from Singapore in the south to Japan in the north, with cable landing stations at East Coast (Singapore), Kuantan (Malaysia), Songkhia (Thailand), Da Nang (Vietnam), Tseung Kwan (Hong Kong), Toucheng (Taiwan), Nanhui (China), Chongming (China), Busan (Korea) and Shima (Japan).

Facebook also sees the APG as important to the company’s growth in South Asia and invested an undisclosed amount in the project in 2012.

In a statement at the time, Facebook said the APG will “[make] it possible for us to provide a better user experience for a greater number of Facebook users in countries like India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Hong Kong, and Singapore.”

“The APG will significantly increase internet speeds for businesses and consumers in the region,” says Mr. Han. “The network will improve data transfer speeds to North America, which is vital to supporting business growth and improving user experience.

“China Telecom is committed to investing in the Asia-Pacific region as it emerges as one of the world’s centers of economic growth.”

For more information, hi-res images or to organize an interview, please contact Ming Wei, Director of Solutions and Delivery, at weiming@ctamericas.com

About China Telecom Americas

China Telecom Americas is a wholly-owned US-based subsidiary of China Telecom Corporation, one of the world’s leading providers of integrated communications and information technology services to customers in over 70 countries around the globe. With headquarters in Herndon, Virginia, and offices in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, San Jose, Toronto and Sao Paolo, China Telecom Americas is advancing transpacific enterprise connectivity through a suite of locally-based, turnkey services from network architecture, cloud, and data center services to equipment management, security, content delivery, mobility solutions and more. Discover more at www.ctamericas.com

China Telecom, CMMB venture to deploy advanced network for ‘connected car’ services

China Telecom, the world’s eighth largest wireless network operator by subscribers, has agreed to collaborate with Global Vision Media Technology on rolling out key infrastructure that will support nationwide, satellite-based “connected car” services.

Global Vision Media is a joint venture between Hong Kong-listed CMMB Vision Holdings and Global Broadcasting Media Group, a subsidiary of the state-owned China Radio International.

“Under the agreement, China Telecom will render its terrestrial 3G and 4G mobile network to combine with the company’s L-band satellite broadcasting network to develop a convergent mobile delivery network,” CMMB Vision chairman and chief executive Charles Wong Chau-chi said in a regulatory filing on Tuesday.

The cooperation with China Telecom, which had 215 million mobile subscribers at the end of December, marks CMMB Vision’s latest effort to step up the commercial deployment of a new “multimedia broadcasting service platform”, capable of bundling high-quality video, audio and internet data services, as well as precision navigation, to hundreds of millions of potential subscribers in the world’s biggest car market by sales.

That platform will be made possible by the mainland-developed multicast technology known as Converged Mobile Multimedia Broadcasting, which CMMB Vision has long been promoting. The Global Vision venture serves as the company’s operating arm.

CMMB Vision plans to deploy a nationwide trial network for its multimedia broadcasting platform this year, paving the way for commercial deployment next year.

In April, Wong pointed out that “satellite mobile broadcasting is the most effective way of distributing entertainment services to vehicles”.

“China is the world’s largest car market with more than 250 million vehicles, yet there is a severe lack of in-car entertainment and media services,” he said at the time, noting the limited coverage and expensive data rates under existing 4G network services.

Apart from satellite capabilities, Global Vision will provide media content and channel programming, in its latest collaboration, while China Telecom will also deliver its internet data centre facilities and online content distribution network, according to Wong.

China Telecom told the South China Morning Post on Tuesday that it will “continue to adopt an open approach in exploring collaboration opportunities and develop the service eco-sphere with business partners”.

Global Vision’s pact with China Telecom followed a partnership it forged in January with the China Internet Information Center, which runs the leading portal for Chinese news and information services targeting a global audience.

Wong said the cooperation with China Internet Information Center will enable Global Vision “to aggregate, develop, and create a variety of video, audio, and data content suitable for in-car consumption”.

In December, Global Vision announced a series of strategic alliances with seven major domestic suppliers of car-mounted mobile terminal electronic devices that would help jointly promote and develop new applications under its proposed multimedia broadcasting service platform.

Those suppliers are Huizhou Desai Xiwei Automotive Electronics, Datang Instrument Technology, Shenzhen Hang Sheng Electronics, Yixin-Jiangsu Science and Technology, Xiamen Yaxun Network, Shanghai Botai Yueqin Electronic Equipment and China TSP (Yuante) Company.

“Collectively they represent the complete supply-chain for research and development, manufacturing, testing, installation and sale of car-mounted applications and terminal devices,” Wong said.

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China Telecom has big US plan

January 15, 2016

An emerging player in the US mobile space is quietly expanding its user base by tailoring its services to the Chinese population.

China Telecom Global launched CTExcel – its US mobile service – in May, making the telecommunications giant the first Chinese mobile virtual-network operator in the US.

The move pits the state-owned enterprise against American giants Verizon Communications Inc. and AT&T Inc.

“After several months of work, we have established the foundation,” said Feng Sun, director of mobile business for China Telecom Americas, based in Herndon, Virginia. “The growth rate is speeding up, and we are expecting a boom this year.”

Marketed as “Customized for Chinese”, CTExcel offers four packages to US-based customers. For $45 a month, a user not only can make unlimited domestic calls but also unlimited calls and texts to China. The package also includes three gigabits of 4G LTE data.

The economical rate is achieved by the technology of dual number, explained Sun. When buying a CTExcel SIM card in the US, a user also will be assigned a Chinese virtual number for calls forwarding between China and US.

“It also enables your family and friends in China to call you without worrying about the international fee because they are calling a Chinese number,” Sun told China Daily. “This is our distinctive advantage compared to the American service providers. We have access to the Chinese numbers. They do not.”

Soon the service will also work the other way around. When a US-based user goes to China, he or she will be able to get a Chinese SIM card that has the original US number assigned to it.

“When someone calls your American phone, you can pick up with your Chinese SIM card in China,” he said. “The callers won’t be able to know that you are actually in China.”

There are four target groups for China Telecom’s mobile services: the more than 4 million Chinese Americans; the 2 million Chinese tourists visiting the United States annually; the 300,000 Chinese students at US colleges; and the more than 1,500 Chinese enterprises in America.

China Telecom has big US plan

Sun said that China Telecom Americas has paired with student organizations at more than 100 US colleges. Starting with freshmen, the company hopes to gradually convert all Chinese students to China Telecom.

For 2016, he said the primary goal is to expand in the Chinese-American community and appeal to Chinese tourists.

“We have customer service in both Chinese and English,” he said. “This greatly helps travelers and immigrants who don’t speak English.”

CTExcel services can now be purchased at a dozen of telecommunications retail stores in the San Francisco Bay Area, and by the end of January, they will expand to more than 20 vendors, Sun said.

China Telecom Global had a booth at this year’s CES 2016 in Las Vegas, where about 1,000 Chinese exhibitors flew in from China for the consumer electronics event.

For $28, a Chinese traveler can make unlimited calls in the US and to China for 14 days, along with unlimited international texts and 1 gigabit of 4G LTE data.

“We told [the Chinese attendees] about our packages, and they were excited,” Sun said. “They blamed us for not telling them earlier, because some of them have already bought expensive packages from American providers. Next year, we will do a better job. They will all be able to get the service before getting here.”

China Telecom Will Achieve 800M Complete Coverage, Launch Pre-commercial VoLTE in 2017

China Telecom plans to lead device in China and promote innovation and 4G development in order to expand mobile business in 2017, according to Wang Guoquan, GM of China Telecom’s marketing department.

In 2017 China Telecom will develop more than 10 million mobile subscribers monthly on average and totally shift 3G subscribers to 4G, while 4G data traffic will notch up an increase over 50%. Nearly 120 million handsets are estimated to be sold in 2017.

The operator will upgrade the network to realize full coverage of 800M, and conduct the pre-commercial plan of VoLTE.

SEA-ME-WE 5 Submarine Cable at the Global Carrier Awards

The consortium that developed the Southeast Asia-Middle East- Western Europe (SEA-ME-WE 5) submarine cable has won the Project of the Year – Subsea Award at the Global Carrier Awards in Paris on November 8, 2016.

The award recognizes the SEA-ME-WE-5 Submarine Cable System & Consortium’s strong industry commitment, financial stability and technical know-how in developing one of the most ambitious and successful cable projects.

The 20,000-km SEA-ME-WE 5 cable system, spanning over 16 countries from Southeast Asia to Western Europe, is a technological breakthrough which marks a global communications milestone. It is designed with a capacity of 24 Terabits per second on 3- fibre pairs, fully capable of accommodating the future demand of data from other bandwidth-intensive applications such as enterprise data exchange, internet TV and online gaming.

When it is ready for service by the end of 2016, the SEA-ME-WE 5 cables’ advanced 100Gbps technology is expected to meet the quadrupling of bandwidth demand between Europe and Asia, providing the lowest latency and further enhancing the network diversity and resilience to the heavily loaded Asia to Europe route. In contrast with other submarine cable systems, the SEA-ME-WE 5’s main endpoints are carrier-neutral/open Points-of- Presence (PoPs) and not just Cable Landing Stations (CLS).

Over the past 11 years, the Global Carrier Awards have become the biggest and most prestigious awards event in the wholesale telecoms calendar. This year’s event was attended by more than 380 attendees. A record number of over 200 entries were submitted for this year’s awards. The winners were decided by a panel of over 20 judges, which include leading analysts, industry experts and Capacity’s senior editorial team. They were aided by a new scoring system, which was refined to ensure that the shortlisting and winners decisions remained objective and transparent.

Members of the SEA-ME-WE 5 Consortium:

Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited (BSCCL), China Telecom Global (CTG), China Mobile International (CMI), China United Network Communications Group Company Limited (CU), Djibouti Telecom (DT), Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (du), Myanmar Post and Telecom (MPT), Ooredoo, Orange, PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (Telin), Saudi Telecom Company (STC), Singapore Telecommunications Ltd (Singtel), Sparkle, Sri Lanka Telecom PLC (SLT), Telecom Egypt (TE), Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM), TeleYemen, Turk Telekom International (TTI) and Trans World Associates (Pvt) Limited Pakistan (TWA)

Investment in OpenStack Accelerates as Foundation Welcomes China Telecom, Inspur and ZTE as Gold Members

AUSTIN, Texas- The Board of Directors of the OpenStack Foundation approved China Telecom, Inspur and ZTE as the newest Gold Members, supporting strategic opportunities in public cloud, telecom networks and the rapidly growing Chinese market. All three new Gold Members demonstrate the massive scale and opportunity for OpenStack in China, collectively managing millions of servers and contributing code and knowledge to the OpenStack community.

The vote was taken during the November 17 Board Meeting and follows the approval of four new Gold Members at the October Board Meeting, all of which will bring new investment and resources to complement the ranks of technology vendors and users in the community. The Board evaluates new potential members based on their strategic commitment to OpenStack, contributions to the community, and diversity of company size, location and industry.

China Telecom is one of the largest mobile carriers in the world with more than 500 million subscribers and 300 datacenters, and the company is currently migrating its CloudStack deployment to OpenStack. Inspur has more than 9.8 billion USD in annual revenue and manages hundreds of thousands of servers. ZTE is a global leader in telecommunications and information technology and was a top 15 contributor to the latest OpenStack Newton software release.

“OpenStack is truly a global community, with nearly 650 companies supporting the project in 187 countries,” said Jonathan Bryce, executive director of the OpenStack Foundation. “The investment and commitment of these seven new Gold Members underscores the global growth and evolution of OpenStack, with projects of massive scale serving millions of end users in China and other markets worldwide.”

Foundation membership is limited to eight Platinum Members and 24 Gold Members. In addition to the three new Gold Members elected at the November Board meeting on Thursday, Gold members for 2017 are 99cloud, Aptira, CCAT, China Mobile, Cisco, City Network, Dell EMC, Deutsche Telekom, DreamHost, EasyStack, Ericsson, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Huawei, inwinSTACK, Juniper Networks, Mirantis, NEC, NetApp, Symantec and UnitedStack.

China Telecom expands to Texas

China Telecom Americas (CTA) has opened an office in Dallas to handle the United States’ increasing presence of Chinese companies.

Zhao Hui, Vice President of China Telecom Americas, said that the company primarily focused on serving American companies when it first came to the U.S. in 2000. Beginning in 2013, CTA established up a team to concentrate on serving Chinese companies.

“In the past three years, our business has been growing at 60 percent a year,” said Zhao. “We provide comprehensive ICT services to some of the major Chinese companies in the U.S., including Bank of China and Fuyao Glass America, which produces a quarter of its auto glass in the U.S. In the past three years, our business has been growing at 60 percent a year.”

CTA’s CTExcel carrier service has signed up more than 50,000 customers in the U.S. in a little more than a year, said Zhao. Its service package offers dual sim cards with a U.S. number and a China number, plus free minutes between China and the U.S. The service has been very popular among Chinese students studying in the U.S. and business people who travel a lot between China and the States.

“Our numbers show that there are more than 300,000 Chinese university students and scholars in the U.S. If counting primary schools, the number is as high as 450,000. There are many opportunities,” said Sun Feng, CTA’s mobile business director. In Houston, there are five CTExcel retail stores, with more to come, he said.

CTA has provided service for many high-level visits to the U.S. by Chinese government officials, such as Chinese President Xi Jinping’s 2015 state visit and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s recent visit to the United Nations.

The opening event was co-hosted by the Houston chapter of China General Chamber of Commerce U.S.A (CGCC), with scores of executives attending from Chinese companies, many of them CTA’s corporate customers.

Li Shaolin, president of the chamber’s Houston chapter, welcomed China Telecom Americas to Texas and as a new member to the local chapter.

“Our chapter has grown from 39 to 70 in a little over a year. Our goal is to increase it to 80 by August next year. We plan to add associate membership and admit U.S. companies to further benefit our member’s business collaboration,” he said.

Li Qiangmin, China’s consul general in Houston, said that competition in the U.S. telecom market is very fierce, but that CTA’s business strategy in the U.S. reflects its confidence in expanding its international business. With more Chinese and businesses coming to Texas, “CTA’s Texas office will surely bring new growth to the company,” he said.

Shenzhen to become a ‘Gigaband City’ through China Telecom and Huawei collaboration

AUGUST 15 2016- Through a cooperation framework agreement, China Telecom and Huawei plan to deliver gigabit connectivity to Shenzhen, China, to make it a “Gigaband City.” The effort will deliver 1-Gbps connectivity through fiber-optic networks to drive economic and social development, transforming Shenzhen into a benchmark smart city.

The rapid urbanization spurred by population growth places enormous pressure on cities’ public transportation, healthcare, waste management, and power grid systems. Several cities have sought to become “smart cities” to keep pace with expectations for high-quality services and more efficient systems that ensure better safety and sustainability for the future. These smart cities promise to deliver ubiquitous high-definition surveillance, large-capacity distributed cloud data centers, real-time HD telemedicine, and online education opportunities – all requiring higher-speed connectivity.

China Telecom and Huawei say that Shenzhen is the first city in China to propose a “Gigaband City” approach through large-scale deployment of next-generation optical line terminals and next-generation passive optical networks (NG-PONs) to deliver the necessary 1 Gbps coverage for communities and access to more than 900,000 homes. China Telecom and Huawei have partnered to deploy this capability over the next five years.

“China Telecom is dedicated to accelerating Shenzhen’s broadband network capabilities and, together with Huawei, we aim to rapidly transform into an ultra-fast landscape,” says Li Pengfel, general manager of China Telecom. “This will enable Shenzhen to keep pace with consumer demand for new Internet applications, such as ultra-broadband video, VR [virtual reality] and AR, gigaband campus and smart homes. We believe a Gigaband city will also foster digital economy innovation in Shenzhen and establish Shenzhen as an oasis for inventors.”

In addition to improved services for residence, the collaborators also will provide expand services to governments and enterprises via passive optical LANs, “gigaband hotels” and “Optical + Cloud” applications. Through this collaboration, China Telecom and Huawei plan to jointly define standards for a gigaband city, providing guidance and reference for this new emerging space.

 

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Ryan Oklewicz
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China Telecom Americas
Office: (703) 787-0088
ryanoklewicz@ctamericas.com

China Telecom Wins Finance Asia’s “Best Telecommunications Company in Asia” Award

Hong Kong – May 26, 2016 – China Telecom Corporation Limited (“China Telecom” or “the Company”; HKEx: 00728; NYSE: CHA) won two Platinum Awards, namely “Best Telecommunications Company in Asia” and “Best Company in China”, by FinanceAsia, a reputable financial magazine in Asia. FinanceAsia’s Platinum Awards honoured institutions and corporations in Asia which have consistently provided quality and innovation to their clients over the past 20 years.

In addition, FinanceAsia conducts “Asia’s Best Companies” poll every year which invites portfolio managers and equity analysts to vote for the best managed companies in Asia. In its 2016 China country poll, China Telecom swept the following six awards:

No. 1 Best Managed Company
No. 2 Best CEO
No. 1 Best CFO
No. 1 Most Committed to Corporate Governance
No. 1 Best Investor Relations
No. 1 Best Corporate Social Responsibility

The poll this year received votes from more than a hundred of portfolio managers and analysts who ranked companies in Asia based on the criteria including overall management, corporate governance, investor relations and corporate social responsibility.

The excellent recognition marks the endorsement by the investment community for their appreciation on China Telecom’s continuous and consistent outstanding management performance and corporate governance with high regards for its strong execution capability and the leading standard of transparency among companies in Asia. China Telecom would like to sincerely thank its investors and the investment community for their kind and long-term support and the great vote of confidence.

For press inquiries:
China Telecom Corporation Limited
Investor Relations Department
Ms. Lisa Lai / Ms. Angela Cheng
Tel: (852) 2582-5856 / 2582-5863
Email: lisa.lai@chinatelecom-h.com / angelacheng@chinatelecom-h.com
Fax: (852) 2877-0988