Cisco Live | Orlando, FL | Booth 1927 June 10-14, 2018

China Telecom Americas looks forward to exhibiting at Booth 1927 at Cisco Live in Orlando, Florida.

Cisco Live is an annual customer conference where you can build the foundation for your digital future. Transform your outlook, your career, and your potential through learning direct from Cisco’s best and brightest. From technical education to future-focused thought leadership, 1:1 meetings with Cisco experts to connecting with Cisco partners, networking with your peers to having fun at the Customer Appreciation Event, Cisco Live Orlando is the place to have it all.

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ITW 2018 | Chicago, IL May 6-9, 2018

China Telecom Americas looks forward to attending International Telecoms Week (ITW) May 6-9 in Chicago.

Interop ITX | Las Vegas, NV | Booth 831 April 30-May 4, 2018

China Telecom Americas will be exhibiting at Booth 831 at Interop ITX in Las Vegas, NV from April 30-May 4.

Interop ITX combines a trusted conference program with a vendor-neutral business hall and plenty of networking opportunities.

Find topics at all levels of IT competency, from business intelligence to infrastructure modernization and cloud strategies to security best practices. Plus, dig into hot technologies like AI and IoT. Don’t miss out on this once a year chance to learn, network and drive your career and business forward!

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Channel Partners Conference & Expo | Las Vegas, NV | Booth 9025 April 17-20, 2018

China Telecom Americas will be exhibiting at Booth 9025 at Channel Partners Conference & Expo April 17-20 in Las Vegas.

Come meet 6,000 industry experts – agents, VARs, MSPs, integrators and service providers converge to share ideas and drive discussion on the topics shaping our industry!

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China Telecom Americas, Intelisys garner Trans Pacific network services pact

China Telecom Americas has established a partnership with technology services distributor Intelysis in a bid to extend the Chinese carrier’s service offerings in the growing U.S. market.

Through Intelisys, the company’s sales partners will gain access to China Telecom Americas’ local expertise and customer service for deploying and managing transpacific network services between the U.S. and China, the world’s two largest economies.

Intelisys’ sales partners include a mix of telecom sales agents, IT solution providers, value-added resellers (VARs), managed service providers and integrators, which the company refers to as sales partners.

By working with China Telecom Americas, Intelisys’ sales partners will gain cost-effective access to China Telecom Americas’ global communication solutions, including China Telecom’s Cloud Services, direct-connects to partner cloud companies such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, data center and colocation services, global internet, network and managed services, equipment, Unified Communications and its China 4008 Toll Free service.

China Telecom’s Channel Alliance Program enables the partner community to extend its reach with a wide range of solutions coupled with the carrier’s global network expertise. Additionally, the company offers marketing and training support to enable partners to address their customers’ needs.

This agreement enables China Telecom Americas to gain a deeper foothold in the growing U.S. market with resellers and VARs that need connectivity within America and over to China.

Channel Partners Evolution | Austin, TX | Booth 936 September 25-28, 2017

China Telecom Americas is exhibiting at Booth #936 at Channel Partners Evolution this year!

This event will cover discuss hot new techs, innovative business strategies and more. Agents, VARs, MSPs, integrators and consultants can meet vendors with state-of-the-art services and partner programs, network with peers and take in a new slate of educational programming.

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China Telecom Americas to speak about Connected Autonomous Vehicles at DCBA’s International Golf Open

China Telecom Americas will be on hand at the Detroit Chinese Business Association’s 22nd Annual International Golf Open to discuss opportunities in China’s rapidly growing Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAV) market, forecasted to top 32 million vehicles by 2021, according to market research firm Statista.

Together the Detroit Chinese Business Association (DCBA) and China Telecom Americas (CTA) are focusing on collaboration efforts to help facilitate investment and commercial relationships between U.S. and Chinese auto manufacturers and technology solutions providers as CAV technology garners more worldwide attention.

As home to America’s auto industry, Michigan intends on staying at the forefront of innovation making the state an epicenter of CAV innovation. Last year, the Wolverine State was one of the first in the country to officially allow autonomous cars on public roads. Today its state government continues to show massive support for research, development and demonstration of CAVs, also widely perceived as the next generation of mobility. As an example, in Fall 2017, the University of Michigan will deploy driverless shuttles on campus – only one of many projects initiated to better understand CAV opportunities and challenges.

At this year’s DCBA event, Matthew Gibb, Oakland County Deputy Executive of Economic Development & Community Affairs, will deliver a special keynote presentation on how to build a business model for sustainable CAV development. Mr. Gibb speaks from his myriad experiences in global investment and has assisted many businesses in establishing market locations in Asia and the United States, fostering key partnerships in over 20 cities throughout China.

Scott Croll, Midwest Regional Sales Director, China Telecom Americas will also share insights on how CAV and Internet of Things (Iot) applications are being integrated and deployed in China, the world’s fastest-growing automotive market. According to a PwC survey, over 80% of China’s tech savvy consumers are receptive to the idea of connected cars with advanced navigation, entertainment, safety features, including the idea of autonomous driving capability. CT will discuss the ways its large IT infrastructure network and IoT partnerships can help US businesses capitalize on this strong growth market and offer solutions that address connectivity issues.

With a combination of efforts, both auto manufacturers and technology solutions providers across the United States and China will collectively benefit from forging closer alliances that increase cross-border investment.

The Detroit Chinese Business Association’s 22nd Annual International Golf Open will be held on September 18, 2017 at the Indianwood Golf & Country Club in Lake Orion, Michigan and spots are still available interested golfers. Please visit  DCBA’s tournament registration page for more details.

Press Contact:

Milan Stevanovich
Vice President, Global Strategy
(248) 719-9100
Milan@dcba.com

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

Cisco Live! | Las Vegas, NV | Booth 2902 June 25-29, 2017

China Telecom Americas is exhibiting at Booth #2902 at Cisco Live.

Join thousands of technology innovators for a transformational experience that includes today’s IT visionary thought leaders, more than 1,000 education sessions, Cisco’s top partners, and numerous opportunities to build the connections that will fuel your personal and professional growth.

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NANOG 70 | Bellevue, WA | Thanks for meeting us! June 5-7, 2017

China Telecom Americas is proud to be exhibiting at NANOG 70. This event will offer a great opportunity to network with colleagues, freshen-up skills, learn advanced networking techniques, and discover new network applications.

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Dell EMC World | Las Vegas, NV | Thanks for meeting us! May 8-11, 2017

China Telecom Americas is exhibiting at Booth #1523 at Dell EMC World this year! Come meet digital experts and over 12,000 IT practitioners and business leaders who are making Digital Transformation a reality. Discover products, strategies and insights you need to transform your business: drive IT innovation, enhance workforce mobility and reduce risk in the digital era.

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Case Study: Fast-Growing Global Equipment Manufacturer Chooses China Telecom Americas to Connect All of its Locations Worldwide

Douglas Dynamics, Inc. Overview

Home to the most trusted brands in the industry for 65 years, Douglas Dynamics is North America’s premier manufacturer of vehicle attachments and equipment for snow and ice management, customized truck solutions, turf care and industrial maintenance.

Based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Douglas Dynamics has received numerous industry awards and has been named one of the fastest-growing public companies in Wisconsin for the past three years. Partnering with dealers, suppliers and end users, the company has 10 locations around the globe, including over a dozen product engineers and sourcing specialists in Beijing, its only location in China.

Douglas Dynamics, a NYSE public company (PLOW), is also known for its innovative high-quality products that help its customers in North America — and in many parts of Europe and China — increase efficiency, productivity and profitability. Its well-known brands include FISHER, SnowEx, WESTERN (snow and ice management); Henderson (truck equipment); TurfEx (turf care) and SweepEx (industrial maintenance). Douglas Dynamics manufactures its products at three locations in the United States — Maine, Wisconsin and Michigan.

Business Challenge

Douglas Dynamics uses one main server, located at its headquarters in Milwaukee, for all of its data and voice transmissions. It uses a cloud-based telecommunications system. Employees across all of the company’s brands access and transmit data and files 24/7 from any device, through a CITRIX Virtual Desktop Interface (VDI) connection.

With international operations and geographically dispersed personnel, Douglas Dynamics needs reliable, fast and secure connections that are always on, providing access to all employees across its many locations throughout the world.

In addition, the Chinese Internet is oversubscribed. China is the largest Internet market in the world with over 670 million users — three times greater than the U.S. This massive number of people using the Internet results in a congested and slow experience, particularly at peak hours throughout the day. High levels of latency and packet loss can be commonplace.

“China is the factory to the world and the world’s largest Internet market. China Telecom Americas knows this market and has made greater investments in Chinese infrastructure than any other provider.”

– Jon Crane, IT Analyst, Douglas Dynamics

Customer Problem

The Douglas Dynamics engineers and sourcing specialists in Beijing need the ability to transmit and receive voice and data packets that are housed on the server in Milwaukee.

But for several years, the company struggled with inconsistent and often unreliable Internet connections in China. With limited connections, Douglas Dynamics employees in China could not use the company’s data systems they needed for their jobs, or communicate with their colleagues at other locations around the world.

Douglas Dynamics’ commitment to delivering industry-leading products to its customers, maintaining close relationships with partners, and continuous innovation and improvement is part of the company’s DNA. Advancing technology is a critical component of its market strategy, and the challenges with connectivity were significant impediments to that principle.

“When we opened our location in Beijing, we used a different MPLS [Multi- Protocol Label Switching] provider. They were expensive, but reliable,” said Jon Crane, IT Analyst at Douglas Dynamics. “After a few years, we decided to try an Internet-based solution for a variety of reasons, and we immediately started having network problems. We then tried a few different international carriers, but none could provide the low latency and security we needed. The network kept going down, and we were very frustrated. We didn’t have an MPLS connection for over three years. And then we found China Telecom Americas.”

Why Douglas Dynamics Chose China Telecom Americas

“What impressed us most about China Telecom Americas was its local expertise in China,” Crane noted. “Unlike the North American-based carriers, China Telecom specializes in networks running in China. They have good local contacts, know the culture and speak the language, making it a smooth transition. We were pleased that the sales and engineering team understood our problem, but didn’t try to push a pre-packaged solution on us.”

How China Telecom is Different

China Telecom has the Best Infrastructure in China

Unlike the North American-based service providers, China Telecom is the world’s largest — and fastest — fixed line and broadband network operator. They deliver superior results by investing more than any other provider in terrestrial and cable infrastructure, including cloud, terrestrial and submarine cables. In addition, China Telecom:

  • Owns 70 percent of the fixed line infrastructure in China
  • Owns 80 percent share of the Chinese data center market
  • Operates 70+ PoPs in key metro areas around the world, including more than 300 PoPs in China

Teams are Both Local and Global — Always Available and No Language Barriers

The team supporting Douglas Dynamics — along with the network operations center (NOC) — is based in Los Angeles, which offers numerous advantages:

  • The team in Los Angeles is bilingual and many are native Chinese.
  • Because the Pacific Time zone in Los Angeles overlaps with the business day in China, help is just a phone call away. Douglas Dynamics doesn’t have to send an email and wait 12 hours for a response — and they don’t have to call in the middle of the night.
  • China Telecom Americas has a U.S. project manager who works closely with the Douglas Dynamics team in the U.S. — in addition to the team of network engineers — for ongoing 24/7 support.

Customer Solution — MPLS Private Data Network and Global Internet Service

China Telecom Americas provided a 2 MB end-to-end MPLS solution with a Service Level Agreement that guaranteed up-time of 99.9 percent. The new system was up and running within six weeks.

Because the MPLS solution is a private network, it circumvents all of the problems related to the Chinese firewall and Internet capacity roadblocks.

Results — Reliable Performance at a Competitive Price Point

China Telecom America’s vast network of Points-of-Presence (PoPs) within the United States and throughout China made it possible to efficiently use a private MPLS data network that can reliably connect Douglas Dynamics’ Beijing location with its headquarters in Milwaukee. China Telecom Americas provides a number of high-value benefits to its customers:

  • Secure, reliable high-speed data transport
  • Guaranteed low latency
  • Minimized levels of packet loss
  • An optimized network that best addresses Chinese infrastructure
  • Faster time to market: implemented within six weeks
  • Very competitive pricing

“It was easy to develop a good relationship with China Telecom Americas. They have a small company feel and they’re very responsive. The entire team is very competent and well-versed on the problem and solution. Having a telecom provider with a network operations center (NOC) in Los Angeles and a backup NOC in China supports our on-going network needs. The time zone overlaps with the business day in Beijing, which is much more efficient than having a team based on the East Coast.” – Jon Crane, IT Analyst, Douglas Dynamics

Partnership with China Telecom Americas Delivers Lasting Benefits

Consistent levels of service and reliable connections across continents have been critical to Douglas Dynamics’ success. Their partnership with China Telecom Americas enables performance that allows the company to focus on continuous improvement and innovation as they develop next generation products for their customers throughout the world.

To learn how China Telecom Americas can help your business, please contact China Telecom Americas sales at sales@ctamericas.com

Chinese Data Centers Benefit from Hyperconvergence

Hyperconvergence enables leading Chinese IT service providers to combine technologies that formerly operated in separate silos (such as telephony, internet and television). This transformation is changing approaches for managing data centers, and the way telecommunications companies deliver services to customers.

Telecommunications companies continually seek to improve service delivery and provide new and innovative benefits to customers in the areas of media, cable, residential and enterprise internet, wireless, fixed-line, software and hardware. In the evolution of services, many telecommunications companies now combine these services to offer even greater possibilities.

Leading Chinese IT service providers, such as China Telecom, are already taking advantage of such hyperconverged (combined) technologies to join telecom, TV, residential and enterprise internet and mobile in order to deliver expanded services, or to provide exclusive content for particular subscribers. At the same time, some telecommunications companies are investing heavily in infrastructure to ensure these hyperconverged services are supported with enough bandwidth.

The Evolution of Telecommunications

One result of hyperconvergence is an expansion of the telecommunications industry. Supported by the Chinese government within its current Five-Year Plan, hyperconvergence in this context brings new opportunities for expanded services. This evolution is prompted by three major drivers: technology, customer demand and socioeconomic factors.

Regarding technology drivers, a leading global management consulting firm, Booz & Company, explains: “A key driver for convergence is the development of new technologies that enable the fixed and wireless worlds to come together. Within the next five years, new generations of affordable, highly integrated digital processors and radio components are expected to be developed, with high performance and low power consumption.”

The second factor – customer demand – is significant. A growing Chinese mobile market means that customers are demanding data, gaming, TV and messaging options on their mobile devices. Hyperconvergence allows telecommunications companies to be flexible in responding to these needs, able to adjust their compute, storage and networking capabilities to respond to what customers may want in the future. Providers, like China Telecom, that stay ahead of the trends will thrive in this new environment.

Socioeconomic factors come into play as China’s current Five-Year Plan includes a goal of fostering convergence within telecommunications companies, along with other providers, to strengthen the country’s overall technology infrastructure.

As Booz & Company report: “The essence of convergence is synergy, which means that two or more players can contribute their strengths and combine with unique offerings from others, creating new services and products or building up differentiation.”

Hyperconvergence in Data Centers

The hyperconvergence of compute, storage and networking components is a recipe for the next evolution in data centers. Using this approach, a data center is based on off-the-shelf appliances managed by a single software stack. This revolutionary approach is an improvement over complex and costly data center methods in which each function (usually from separate vendors) operates within its own silo.

Hyperconvergence is a more integrated approach that enables users to set up their infrastructure more quickly to reduce operational complexity and favorably reconfigure IT teams. This infrastructure often includes additional functionality, such as data backup, de-duplication, replication and wide area network (WAN) optimization. It also enables IT teams to seamlessly scale up or down by adding or removing appliances.

According to recent research by 451 Research, 40 percent of organizations are already using hyperconverged infrastructure, and that number is likely to rise quickly. Christian Perry, research manager at 451 Research, states that: “Loyalties to traditional, standalone servers are diminishing in today’s IT ecosystems as managers adopt innovative technologies that eliminate multiple pain points.”

Most leading Chinese IT service providers that offer hyperconverged systems start with low-cost commodity x86 hardware and add value-rich software, but the technology is flexible, with software-only options available as well. This type of data center configuration enables IT departments to provision resources instantly, and accommodates a wide variety of applications, offering a high degree of flexibility and efficiency.

According to a recent article published by Data Center Knowledge: “Uses include general purpose workloads, virtual desktop infrastructure, analytics, and for remote or branch office workloads. In fewer cases, companies use it to run mission critical applications, server virtualization, or high-performance storage.”

What Does This Mean for Enterprise IT?

Hyperconvergence offers a simplified architecture, plus a simpler administration model. Instead of having a set of applications and teams to manage 1) a storage array, 2) virtualization, and 3) server hardware; one team (or perhaps even one person) can manage the complete hyperconverged stack. These simplifications can result in immense savings and/or reasonable costs for scaling and growing a Cloud IT footprint.

China Telecom’s Contribution

China Telecom is working to assist organizations that want to take advantage of this technology. Offering content delivery networks, enterprise internet, and cloud and data center services, China Telecom enables companies to take advantage of the security and capacity to elevate their offerings to the next level.

Its data center development reduces operation, maintenance and energy-consumption costs, and improves the overall efficiency of data center operations. These services also implement highly cost-effective data center engineering protocols to maximize each data center’s investment value.

Software-defined data center (SDDC) is a technology infrastructure concept that infrastructure and operations professionals need to pay close attention to. Converged infrastructure is the foundation for SDDCs, and Chinese organizations can leverage these concepts to reduce infrastructure complexity, increase flexibility, and move closer to a more virtualized, automated, and resilient infrastructure. China Telecom is leading the way here, too, with aims to provide and co-locate SDDCs in China and around the world which can help meet enterprise requirements for urgency and flexibility in the very near future.

Start exploring now and learn more about China Telecom Americas and its cutting-edge data center offerings.

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.”

To view full article please visit PR Newswire

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 Americas Opens a New Office in Dallas

China Telecom Americas (CTA) is pleased to announce the opening of a new office in Dallas, Texas.

It joins CTA’s existing North American offices in Virginia, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Jose and Toronto to strengthen the company’s growing network across the U.S. and Canada.

CTA’s new Dallas office will bring the company’s leading enterprise solutions to Texas-based companies, and will focus on promoting its mobile carrier service under the CTExcel brand.

The move will assist CTA to build on its collaborations with existing Dallas-based mobile partners such as AT&T, LAM Technology, Advocate Insiders, Protection 1, Raisecom, Cetetek, and National Telesystems, Inc, as well as forging new relationships in the Texas business community.

“CTA is proud to be establishing our presence in Texas via our new Dallas office,” says Joe Han, President of China Telecom Americas.

“We look forward to building strong partnerships with Texas-based companies that seek to expand their operations into China. While competition in the U.S. telecom market is strong, we believe our Dallas office will significantly contribute to CTA’s growth in North America.”

China Telecom Americas Building Stronger China–Texas links

The establishment of a CTA presence in Texas will also serve to strengthen ties between Dallas and Beijing, creating new jobs for residents in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

Texas has led the U.S. in exports for more than a decade, with China as one of the state’s top trading partners. The $1.6 trillion Texas economy is the second largest in the U.S, and the state has experienced the second-fastest economic growth and third-fastest jobs growth over the past five years.

More than 10 percent of the 1,000 largest public and private companies in the U.S. are based in Texas, including AT&T, ExxonMobil and Dell.

And collaboration between China and Texas-based companies continues to build.

This relationship was consolidated in 2014, when then Texas Governor Rick Perry visited Beijing to sign a memorandum of understanding between the state of Texas and several Chinese cities which recognized the importance of expanding cooperation through business, trade, investment, tourism, education, and research and development.

China Telecom Americas Bringing China to Texas

As Texas-based companies increasingly look to partner with Chinese IT service providers, CTA’s new Dallas office will bring a range of enterprise solutions to Texas businesses including:

  • Data networking services: CTA’s next-generation global IP network services are delivered over its international 40Gbps MPLS-enabled IP backbone with a custom-built IP delivery infrastructure.
  • Cloud and data center services: Sophisticated delivery networks designed specifically for complex high-volume content delivery, scalable enterprise cloud services and a worldwide network of secure data centers.
  • Global internet services: CTA is the world’s largest fixed-line and broadband service provider with a total international capacity of more than 9T.
  • Managed ICT services: CTA offers complete, end-to-end managed ICT services that utilize expert personnel, rigorous processes and China Telecom’s unified customer network management platform to proactively deliver real-time network monitoring and troubleshooting to clients.
  • Carrier voice and data services: CTA has nearly 15 years experience as a wholesale partner with leading telecoms, ISPs and technology service firms in the U.S. and the Americas region.
  • Mobile services: CTExcel is a pay-as-you-go mobile service tailored to meet the specific needs of all Chinese people residing and traveling in North America.

With the launch of CTA’s new office in Texas, the ties between China and Texas will only grow stronger as more U.S. companies leverage the enterprise solutions and trusted connections of CTA’s network.

For more information, high-resolution images or to organize an interview please contact: Eric Lo, General Manager, China Telecom Americas at EricL@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

Gartner Stresses the Importance of the Right Asia-Pacific Network Provider and Partner

China Telecom and its subsidiaries, China Telecom Global and China Telecom Americas, offer wide-ranging advantages including strong transmission, domestic network and local support capabilities to multinational companies (MNCs) that require deep domestic connectivity in China to support their large or rapidly growing operations.

That’s according to Gartner’s research report Critical Capabilities for Network Services, Asia/Pacific, which stresses the importance of MNCs partnering with the right Chinese internet service providers to successfully establish or grow operations in the country.

“A large number of global and regional providers support the marketplace,” the report states. “While their network capabilities are fairly comparable on the surface, their business focus, target customers and consequently their product and service strategies can differ significantly.”

That’s why communication service providers’ (CSPs’) ability to support MNCs with regional network requirements is so important, and why MNCs must look beyond their Chinese incumbent provider to find the CSP that best serves their needs.

Key Findings for MNCs

The Gartner report found that MNCs with operations in emerging markets such as China want international CSPs to extend their coverage into these markets. This would be either through multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) interconnections or virtual private networks (VPNs), along with managed customer premises equipment (CPE) services.

The report also revealed that CSPs are introducing direct connections to cloud providers, as well as software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN) and network function virtualization (NFV) services. However, “most are in the early stage of implementation, and product availability and features differ significantly.”

Key Recommendations for MNCs

The Gartner report recommends that MNCs select Chinese internet service providers based on their ability to meet their primary needs for regional connectivity, extended domestic reach, low-latency service or high-capacity requirements.

MNCs looking to enter Asia–Pacific markets should also seek to extend their relationship with their CSP to include direct connections to cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure.

And planning to migrate from CPE to NFV services using cloud-based services and virtual CPE will offer MNCs operating in China faster deployment, easier management and cost savings.

Case Study: China Telecom

The Gartner report compared the performance and capabilities of 14 global CSPs against its key findings and recommendations.

It concluded that China Telecom’s “strong domestic network and local support capabilities give it an advantage when supporting large MNCs with extensive China requirements.”

This is evidenced by the fact that China Telecom has won more non-Chinese MNC customers in the past 12 months from a range of industries. These include the banking and finance industries which require effective low-latency services; logistics and retail companies with a large number of sites; and e-commerce companies that require large bandwidth.

“In all instances, China Telecom has a few key competitive attributes – large bandwidth on key routes, well-diversified networks, competitive pricing and the ability to support requirements in China,” the report states. “China Telecom is also the leading provider for Chinese MNCs.”

The report found that China Telecom has a competitive low-latency service that connects 13 financial centers around the world and provides a choice of routes, all with guaranteed latencies.

China Telecom also has “strong transmission capabilities and rapidly improving IP VPN and Ethernet networks, enabling the provider to increasingly compete for MNCs with international networking requirements,” the report states.

China Telecom has significantly invested in global infrastructure and has Ethernet over MPLS (E-VPL and E-LAN) services connecting 10 markets in the Asia Pacific and 34 cities in China.

“Its MPLS network in the Asia Pacific covers 10 markets, with extensive MPLS network-to-network interfaces (NNIs) to extend its coverage, including connectivity to many emerging markets,” the report concludes.

For more information, high-resolution images or to organize an interview please contact: Ming Wei, Director of Solutions & Delivery, China Telecom Americas 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

The NFV/SDN Trends in China You Need to Know

Chinese communication service providers (CSPs) are using network functions virtualization (NFV) technology to deliver expanded internet services to customers, and are hoping for a strengthened economy as a result.

NFV is the next stage in evolution for CSPs. As part of its Internet Plus initiative, China is embracing this technology, which offers flexibility, speed and cost-effectiveness.

While the technology is still new, and there is much to be learned, Chinese companies are moving ahead to expand China’s internet coverage, and strengthen its economy as a result.

This newest development in networking technology is expanding and improving services for companies doing business in the Chinese market. As part of a software-defined networking (SDN) framework, NFV enables CSPs to quickly and easily deliver innovations to customers.

The NFV Advantage

NFV replaces traditional telecommunications network appliances — like routers and firewalls — with software running on off-the-shelf servers, significantly increasing the flexibility and speed for new service delivery.

Operators can deploy cutting-edge functions at certain network locations without the need for new equipment. This more dynamic operation enables network administrators to rapidly respond to evolving customer requirements. Because less equipment is needed, costs decrease and efficiencies are gained.

Chinese CSPs have been quick to adopt this technology to improve services to their customers, and deliver the best networks in China.

In an effort to strengthen enterprise internet, China has begun to embrace NFV. One organization helping to plan NFV implementations is the Network Function Virtualization Lab, which is a joint effort between Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and the China Telecom Beijing Research Institute. The lab helps China Telecom accelerate new offerings for its customers, and test and verify the benefits of transitioning to NFV technology from legacy networks.

Quoted in a press release from Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Li Zhigang, President, China Telecom Beijing Research Institute said, “We believe that the integration of NFV within SDN-enabled infrastructure will be the next stage of evolution for the strategic development of the China Telecom network.”

He Jianbo, Manager, Network Function Virtualization, China, Hewlett Packard Enterprise added, “NFV will deliver carrier-grade solutions that offer available and reliable network performance. This will help Chinese and global CSPs compete more effectively and deliver new services more quickly to its customers at a lower cost.”

China’s Internet Plan

With its quickly expanding economy — and accompanying enterprise internet — China has the opportunity to benefit greatly from NFV technology, as it helps strengthen the country’s broadband infrastructure, enabling it to attract businesses from other countries.

The Chinese Government recognizes this potential impact and has developed a strategy for advancing NFV technology, contributing to the development of the best networks in China.

Following the country’s lowest growth in 24 years, Beijing instituted the Internet Plus policy in 2015 to push the country ahead in terms of technology. The policy seeks to add internet services, such as mobile, cloud, big data and Internet of Things (IoT) to other fields, initiating a springboard for new industries and business development.

For example, internet technology combined with manufacturing could produce new production methods; internet combined with medicine could optimize medical treatment; and internet combined with agriculture would give farmers better climate, land and demand data.

Digital Trends says that Internet Plus depends heavily on the web. It states, “As part of Internet Plus, China plans to bolster its research and development spending to a total of 2.5 percent of gross domestic product through 2020. This represents an increase of 0.4 percent.”

It’s important to note that, while telecommunications networks represent a mature technology, NFV is still in its early stages.

According to Linux.com, at the China SDN/NFV Conference 2016, held in Beijing in April, Wei Leping, President of the SDN/NFV Industry Alliance commented, “Internet application companies, cloud service providers and a small number of large carriers are currently leading the way in SDN/NFV development.”

Overcoming Challenges

The challenges that accompany a shift to NFV are strategic, architectural and operational, according to Network Testing Product Manager Trinh Vu of Amdocs Inc.

Strategic challenges include change management and determining what to virtualize, where to begin and how to measure success. Architectural challenges include managing performance, reliability and security risks. And operational challenges include managing complex NFV deployments and dealing with the operational complexity of virtualized/hybrid carrier networks.

CSPs transitioning to NFV must learn to think differently about service innovations, and must go through an initial learning curve to gain the necessary skills and experience to make the best use of this technology. Linux.com reported Mr. Wei’s recommendations for future development in this area:

  •  Choose an advantageous strategy to deepen transformation.
  • Settle on practical tactics, followed by productive actions.
  • Dare to make breakthroughs in thought processes.
  • Collaborate with others in the industry to avoid fragmentation.

Despite these challenges to enterprise internet, Chinese CSPs are using NFV to deliver the best networks in China and bring customers innovative, responsive features.

As NFV technology and telecommunications progresses, businesses looking to expand in China will need to find a trusted Chinese partner to provide the internet backbone for their operations.

Smart Cities, Smart Innovation: The Next Generation City

Smart cities are changing the way urban development will operate in the next century, and things are just getting started. Businesses can take advantage of growth and opportunity in these cities, particularly in China, as digital infrastructure takes hold.

The Internet of Things (IoT) increasingly gives consumers options to make their lives easier by connecting devices that think and act on their preferences and anticipate behavior.

The same is happening in cities around the world – with leaders considering how implementing these major technological changes could transform their cities into working hubs of smart technology.

The goal is to create “smart” cities that allow citizens to work, play, interact and travel by using technology as much as possible.

The National Development and Reform Commission of China defines a smart city as a “new idea and new mode of promoting smart city planning, construction, management and service, using the Internet of Things, cloud computing, big data and spatial geographic information integration, etc.”

A smart city takes information from layers of digital services and then uses it to make better decisions about how to plan a variety of services, such as transport, energy and healthcare.

For instance, the Malaysian Government and China Telecom Americas launched SMARTXP, a Smart City Experiential Centre, which allowed citizens to come and interact with technology, showing how such a smart city would work. Virtual reality, screen displays and interactive games all demonstrated what living in a smart city would be like.

This might seem like a futuristic concept – but that future isn’t as far away as you might think.

As China Telecom Americas explains, technologies like smart home gateways can turn homes into smart homes, allowing multiple devices and apps to control various everyday aspects of a home – including kitchen appliances, beds, or even power sockets that can be turned off or on.

“Technology is permeating into every aspect of our lives – yet how can we utilise the smart devices in our palm to enhance our living standard?”

How a Smart City Works

The creation of a smart city takes a significant amount of infrastructure. For instance, to provide digital services a city must be able to develop “layers” of digital infrastructure:

  • Sensors: Cameras, sensors and smartphones help to gather data from users. This can then help create massive repositories of information that feed into subsequent layers, enabling better and more data-driven decision-making.
  • Networks: This layer requires partnering with trusted, local networks and providers, such as electricity grids, the internet itself and telecommunication networks to spread and gather the information from users.
  • Platforms: To provide smart services, underlying platforms need to be created, requiring expertise in security, network management and information processing. This requires strong and reliable cloud services from a trusted provider that can ensure security.
  • Applications: Whether a citizen is looking up a bus timetable that is updated in real-time to account for traffic or monitoring their own electricity use, applications need to feed the information gathered in the previous three categories.

These advances are crucial for expanding economic activity. According to Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, the creation of such experiences as the SMARTXP centre, created in conjunction with China Telecom Americas, will help people envision a more connected future. He points to studies showing 90 percent of Malaysians will be living in cities by 2020.

“So, the demand for smart city infrastructure will be tremendous and vital,” he told the Malay Mail Online, also saying he was “pleased” to see the creation of the SMARTXP concept.

What a Smart City Can Do

From a citizen’s perspective, the types of services a smart city could provide would involve information about everyday activities. Taking public transport, for instance, would be a far more enjoyable experience with sensors on trains and buses that provide real-time location updates.

In Zhenjiang, citizens are able to make hospital appointments and rent bicycles from their smartphones. Information is sent to a “control center”, which then helps planners and operators reduce inefficiencies. Using cloud services, China will develop these smart cities further.

As the China-Britain Business Council explains, businesses around the world could find opportunities to digitize infrastructure relating to transport, water, energy and healthcare, along with a need for massive digital storage.

This evolution could see substantial changes in the way cities are run and managed in decades to come. As MIT has pointed out in its own analysis, telecommunication providers such as China Telecom are playing a crucial role in developing smart cities.

“They are not only extending their network coverage and improving their network quality, but also exploring new technologies to build new network layers.”

Discover how technology is fuelling this development with the help of trusted Chinese telecommunications providers like China Telecom Americas.

How Digital Transformation is Shaping a New China

Chinese digital transformation isn’t just providing opportunity for those within its borders, but for businesses around the world. Learn how your business could be part of one of the biggest digital transformation stories in history.

The rise of China is setting the stage for an Asian century, but businesses are still figuring out how they can enter this new and exciting market.

Technology provides the answer. The Chinese market is undergoing rapid digital transformation – understanding this massive shift, and how to harness it, will be vital for businesses all over the world.

Much of this growth has been focused on consumers, as they spend more money online in traditional e-commerce outlets. According to a Cisco survey, 89 percent of Chinese respondents said they use independent shopping apps on a smartphone at least once a week – compared to 34 percent of U.S. respondents.

The potential for Chinese growth is even higher. Outside consumer-based commerce, many businesses in China are not yet using the internet to innovate and grow. In 2013, the cloud computing market was only worth $1.5 billion, around 3 percent of China’s enterprise IT market. However, that’s projected to rise to $20 billion by 2020, representing 20 percent of China’s IT market.

The Opportunity Abroad

This poses a significant opportunity for businesses outside China who are hoping to enter the competitive market. According to All China Review, the next phase of digital transformation in China could contribute between 7 and 22 percent of the increase in China’s gross domestic product (GDP) from 2013 to 2025.

So how can U.S. businesses take advantage of this?

Firstly, businesses should understand that there is a huge demand for digital services and skills in the Chinese market. An Accenture Strategy study shows 22 percent of the world’s economy will be linked to digital skills and services. In the U.S. that sector is 33 percent of GDP, while in China that figure is only 10.5 percent.

As the study explains, there is room for growth in China to adopt more of a focus on productivity and the consumption of services, rather than through pure e-commerce.

“Organizations need to act aggressively in shifting the focus of their digital talent and technology from making efficiencies to creating entirely new business models”, Accenture Strategy Group Chief Executive Mark Knickrehm said in a 2016 statement.

Over time, businesses in China will rely less on product development and manufacturing, shifting focus onto marketing, customer service and sales channels.

As McKinsey explains in its research, Chinese firms will need to invest in more IT services to make this shift successful: “Technology investments and product portfolios may have to be revisited more frequently, and CIOs [chief information officers] may need to have a greater voice in strategy.”

What Does This Mean for CIOs?

These changes represent significant opportunities for offshore businesses to invest in the growing Chinese demand for infrastructure.

For instance, according to McKinsey, China is facing opportunities with regard to some of the country’s largest markets including used-car sales, chemical companies, real estate and even healthcare. Recent news points to the Chinese government seeking even greater private investment.

The Cyberspace Administration of China has said it has placed an emphasis on building out technologies including 5G networks, cloud computing, the Internet of Things, smart cities and ecommerce. All of these areas will present opportunities for infrastructure creators.

Businesses all over the world are seeking to take advantage of this trend, with China’s call to build a “Digital Silk Road” attracting foreign investment. The Belgian telecom Belgacom has stated it finds the prospect of digital investment in China an attractive one.

Businesses may find it difficult to enter the Chinese market at first. Partnering with leading Chinese IT service providers can be a crucial first step to gaining a foothold in the market. Businesses like China Telecom Americas, with existing partnerships in the region, can be one of the best ways to access new opportunities in China.

Learn more about how to partner with trusted telecommunications providers in China and enter this exciting market with China Telecom Americas.

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)

CIO Leadership Forum | New York, NY | Thanks for meeting us! December 13, 2016

China Telecom Americas is pleased to attend the CIO Leadership Forum in New York City. This year, Argyle Forum is bringing together the brightest CIOs and IT executives for their annual summit. Throughout a full day of content and networking, we will focus on the most pressing issues that IT professionals are facing as 2016 comes to a close, with an agenda geared specifically towards CIOs, CTOs, as well as IT, Technology, MIS, and Innovation VPs and Directors in a leadership role.

This event offers an opportunity to hear cutting edge content that is directly relevant to IT executives as 2017 approaches. Come join China Telecom Americas and expand your network by meeting top IT leaders across all industries!

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CIO Executive Summit | Toronto, Canada | Thanks for meeting us! December 6, 2016

Everything in business is changing: technology, culture, the role of the CIO. Today, CIOs have to be more than relevant and push the boundaries of what it means to be a CIO.

Come join the brightest minds in technology and gain valuable knowledge and connections from this invitation-only conference!

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CIO Executive Summit | San Francisco, CA | Thanks for meeting us! December 6, 2016

Everything in business is changing: technology, culture, the role of the CIO. Today, CIOs have to be more than relevant and push the boundaries of what it means to be a CIO.

Come join the brightest minds in technology and gain valuable knowledge and connections from this invitation-only conference!

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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.

Nominees announced for IR Magazine Awards – Greater China 2016

November 4, 2016 – China Telecom dominates short lists for event to be held on December 6.

The short lists for the upcoming IR Magazine Awards – Greater China 2016 are dominated by previous nominee China Telecom, which has been nominated in an impressive 10 categories.

The winners will be announced on December 6 at an awards ceremony held at the Conrad Hong Kong.

The IR Magazine Awards – Greater China 2016 are decided by an independent survey of investors and analysts, all of whom are located in the region. Just as in IR Magazine’s other awards in Europe and the Americas, investors and analysts are asked to vote for the company giving them the best IR service in each awards category. This year, more than 200respondents took part in the survey.

Votes in the survey also determine the IR Magazine Greater China Top 30, which ranks the best companies for IR in the region. The votes in each award category are added together and the company with the most votes is declared the top-ranked company in the region.

The latest rankings will be revealed in the IR Magazine Investor Perception Study – Asia 2016/2017, which will be published soon after the IR Magazine Awards & Conference – Greater China 2016.

To see the full 2016 awards shortlists, click here.

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.

OrlandoiX 2016 I Orlando, FL | Thanks for meeting us! October 14-16, 2016

China Telecom Americas looks forward to exhibiting at OrlandoiX, the South’s largest celebration of creators in video games, virtual reality and immersive experiences. Open to professionals and consumers, OrlandoiX 2016 features over 100 interactive experiences, industry leading keynotes, speaker presentations, gaming tournaments, networking, and more.

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Whitepaper: China Telecom Americas’ Commitment to Carrier Partners Creates Opportunities for Global Expansion

As the North American subsidiary of the largest integrated communications service provider in China, China Telecom Americas is best able to help telecommunications service providers extend their reach and reinforce their brand with outstanding products that are backed by industry-leading SLAs. No carrier is investing in the infrastructure and services needed for the globalization of business like China Telecom. China Telecom Americas makes it easy for communication services providers to successfully expand to Asia in support of their clients’ operations and to reach the massive Chinese market.

Ready, Set, China! Millions of global companies have established operations in China, eager to take a slice of China’s growing pie. Many have come to learn that success doesn’t happen overnight in a country as complex as China; it’s a marathon that requires endurance and resourcefulness.

Telecommunications service providers see the potential of the world’s most populated nation, which has shown an appetite for networked and value added services. The massive global participation of multi-national companies in the Chinese economy continues to incent carriers from around the world to find innovative ways to serve their enterprise clients beyond their geographical scope and domain of expertise. China has become one of the world’s top destinations for enterprise expansion, yet the country is wrought with challenges to both enterprises and carriers. Diversity of the country, its location, heterogeneity across the expansive Chinese market and a plethora of regulations create an increasingly challenging business sphere.

China Telecom Americas’ research shows that enterprises doing business in China overwhelmingly consider reliable telecommunications services to be a priority. Carriers hoping to meet their clients’ needs in China must be prepared to deliver exceptional service. To avoid spending hundreds of millions of dollars building, deploying and managing the array of service options necessary to meet enterprise communication needs, carriers would be wise to partner with an incumbent when entering China.

China Telecom is China’s leading integrated communications services provider with majority market share for fixed-line services and the greatest global capacity to, within and from China. Recognized by industry analysts for its pioneering strategy of deploying CN2, the Next Generation Carrying Network built for business MPLS requirements, China Telecom continues to innovate and establish subsidiaries globally to provide better regional service and support. China Telecom Americas was established in 2002 to serve North and South America and currently counts some of the world’s largest companies and carriers among its valued customers.


“We are constantly adding capacity in and out of China because demand from our customers is growing. We were reselling another company’s services, and they were getting their capacity from China Telecom. Working directly with China Telecom Americas gives us circuits direct from China Telecom and puts margin on the bottom line.”

-Director of Commercial Carrier Management, US-based Global Communications Carrier


China Investment Remains Strong

Since the mid-1980s, China’s financial integration with the world economy has grown sharply. The country currently accounts for 40 percent of FDI to developing countries and is the largest recipient of FDI after the United States. China will also become one of the world’s biggest global investors by the end of this decade, with global offshore assets tripling from $6.4 trillion now to nearly $20 trillion by 2020. In an increasingly competitive world for FDI, the future for China remains bright. As more multinational companies realize the strategic importance of entering the Chinese market and establish operations in the country, they must connect people, applications and content as part of daily operations, and this is where China Telecom Americas serves as a bridge between nations.

National economies that were once slightly entangled are now permanently intertwined. China is the United States’ largest trading partner, accounting for more than 15% of US trade, according to US Census Data, and will account for thirty percent of the world’s growth through to 2017, based on global forecasts from the International Monetary Fund. Trade between China and Latin America has also grown significantly. According to the Chinese Ministry of Commerce, bilateral trade between China and Latin America expanded from $200 million annually in 1975 to $70.2 billion per year in 2006. By 2013, that figure had risen to $289 billion.

China’s Telecommunications Landscape is Vast and Growing

With a population of 1.38 billion and a land mass slightly larger than the United States, China owns the worlds largest fixed-line and mobile networks in terms of both network capacity and number of subscribers. By 2020, China’s telecom market will be four times larger than the US market . In terms of Internet users, China has surpassed the United States at over 700 million users and also holds the greatest number of mobile phone subscribers worldwide. Its consumers, households and business have caused a boom in e-commerce, with shopping, texting and gaming rapidly growing. This large-scale adoption of communications technology and services has allowed China’s telecom service industry to grow. According to a KPMG report, China is targeting 1.2 billion 3G/4G mobile users (85 percent penetration) by 2020, up from 325 million in June 2013.

Implications for Carriers

The massive telecommunications market presents significant opportunities for carriers and value added service providers, even if they lack infrastructure in China. In order to succeed, they must select an alliance partner that demonstrates a willingness and ability to invest billions of dollars in infrastructure and support services required to keep up with the explosive demand for telecommunications services resulting from unprecedented economic growth. MNCs want to streamline the number of vendors that they use for their global communications requirements. They typically want to acquire telecommunications services through vendors with whom they have existing relationships. Even if carriers’ clients have not already inquired about communications services in support of operations in China, carriers should ready themselves to serve clients’ business in China.

For carriers whose clients have already led them into China, it’s a perfect time to evaluate alternatives that provide the best mix of service coverage options, support, SLAs and overall value. In most cases, carriers are serving existing clients who are expanding into China, so a relationship of trust between them is already established. If the services provided in China do not meet customers’ expectations, the entire business relationship could be at stake. Thus, carriers need to make sure that they choose a partner with the strength and resources to support the quality of their own brand.

China Telecom Americas Fosters Successful Relationships with Carriers

If anyone knows what carriers need to successfully serve demanding enterprise customers in China, it’s China Telecom. China Telecom Americas, China Telecom’s subsidiary serving carriers and enterprise customers in North and South America, combines the experience of a world-class carrier, the expertise and strength of its parent, and a North American team to locally support its relationships with carriers and service providers doing business in Asia.

Delivering data communications solutions to clients in China can be challenging on many levels including:

  • Overcoming a lack of knowledge about doing business in China’s expansive market;
  • Finding a local partner that can reach into all of China;
  • Choosing between the multitude of networking options;
  • Dealing with language and time differences and;
  • Writing contracts with terms that are acceptable to the carrier.

China Telecom Americas is a strong, reliable choice for telecommunications service providers seeking a world-class partner in Asia in order to support their brand and their clients’ requirements. China Telecom Americas offers the strongest SLAs for network performance of any carrier serving China and the program management team has delivered industry leading on-time installations 99% of the time. China Telecom Americas works on behalf of carriers and customers for network planning, implementation and operational support in the Americas, China and the rest of China Telecom’s global network coverage area. The company is Cisco certified and has close synergies with technology providers like Citrix, Juniper Networks and Equinix.

The company provides a range of enterprise services along with a set of carrier-specific offerings including China Transit Services (Figure 2), Internet Peering, Network Ethernet Leasing Service, Wholesale IPLC, Wholesale MPLS, Wholesale Voice and Managed Services in the company’s Internet Data Centers (IDCs). These services help carriers extend offerings under their own brand while leveraging the multi-billion dollar investment that China Telecom has made in global capacity and services.

Most important to carriers and value added service providers is China Telecom Americas’ ability to locally support their global objectives. Telecommunications service providers interviewed reported the following benefits received from China Telecom Americas:

  • End-to-End Service Management – “We did not need to know what was happening behind the scenes to provision the circuits that were ordered for our customer or to deal with service issues when they arose. We just worked with the China Telecom Americas support team and they turned around and worked with the people in China in all hours of the night. They were like our advocate.”
  • English Language Support – “When we have issues, we don’t have a language barrier standing in the way of resolution.”
  • Local Presence – “My China Telecom Americas rep comes to the office to sit down and talk about what we need.”
  • US-Based Contracts – “For us, writing contracts in the US is a lot easier than writing them under Chinese regulations and being able to pay in US dollars is key.”
  • Better Margins – “Since we can now buy the circuits we need directly from China Telecom Americas, we can cut out the middleman and put money on the bottom line.”
  • Best Service Level Agreements – “China Telecom Americas offered us out-of-the-box service level agreements that far exceeded what any other carrier could guarantee.”


    “One of our largest clients came to us with the need to network 11 facilities in China together and provide a fast, reliable and secure connection back to the US for access to the financial and ERP systems located in Chicago. They have more than 800 people relying on this circuit and the operation would go down if the circuit fails. China Telecom Americas helped us plan the solution, made sure provisioning went smoothly and did everything we needed to support the client.”

-Director of Network Solution, US-based Business Communications Services Provider


China Telecom’s Strength and Stability Rewards Carriers

Extending services into a new geographic region presents risks to any carrier. Management can mitigate risk by selecting to do business with a strong, forward-looking global leader that is dedicated to its clients and carrier partners.

China Telecom has earned a reputation for service and management excellence that carriers can leverage to better serve its increasingly global client base. The company was once again named one of the 2007 “World’s Most Admired Companies” by FORTUNE Magazine and in 2008, Euromoney named China Telecom “Asia’s Best Managed Fixed Telecom Company.”

The company is shaping and facilitating the steady economic growth being experienced in the region. Its more than 670,000 employees share the commitment to place “Customer First. Service Foremost.” China Telecom has the largest IP network and fixed-line subscriber base in Asia and has the most capacity to and from China. The company has established bi-lateral direct circuits with 70 telecom carriers in 40 countries and regions and the list is growing.

China Telecom invests billions of dollars to develop the best-supported products and services for global business, including CN2 (Figure 3) and its cable network, such as the Transpacific Express (TPE) Cable (Figure 4). TPE is a cable that offers unprecedented capacity and performance with its own backhaul infrastructure in China and the United States. It has landing points in Shanghai and Qingdao China, Keoje, Korea, Tanshui, Taiwan and Nedonna Beach, US with full connectivity capability to all cities in China, all China Telecom Hong Kong and US PoPs and all of China’s neighboring countries. It connects directly to other cable systems including APCN2, SMW-3, FEA and EAC.

The FASTER cable system, a 9,000-km submarine cable system linking Japan and the West Coast of the U.S., is China Telecom’s most recent subsea cable investment and the first trans-Pacific subsea cable designed to deliver 60 Terabits per second (Tbps) of bandwidth.  With its state-of-the-art design, FASTER provides continuous connectivity and high capacity for cloud, video streaming, analytics, and the Internet of Things. It can support the expected four-fold increase in broadband traffic demand between Asia and North America, enhancing China Telecom’s infrastructure to support customers’ data traffic.

Building the Brand, Expanding the Reach

MNCs will continue to participate in the growing Chinese economy for many years to come, spawning further expansion of the country’s communication services sector. In support of clients’ requirements, carriers and telecommunications value added service providers worldwide must develop their short and long-term strategies for Asia expansion. In order to sustain their brand and revenue streams, they are advised to establish a relationship with an integrated communication services provider that has deep knowledge and extensive services throughout Asia.

As the North American subsidiary of the largest integrated communications service provider in China, China Telecom Americas is committed to helping carriers and service providers extend their reach and reinforce their brand with their customers by providing outstanding products that are backed by industry-leading SLAs. Investing heavily in the infrastructure and services needed for globalization, China Telecom Americas is making it easier for communication services providers to expand to Asia in support of their clients’ operations by the day.

About China Telecom Americas

China Telecom Americas, a wholly-owned US-based subsidiary of China Telecom Corp. Ltd. (NYSE: CHA), is an international telecom provider for Data, IP and Voice Wholesale services to multinational companies, organizations and international carriers requiring China domestic services and International access to China & Asia Pacific. With headquarters in Herndon, Virginia, and offices in Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Jose, Dallas and Toronto, Canada, China Telecom Americas continues to expand its reach, including Latin America. China Telecom Americas provides a locally based, one-stop-shop, turn-key solution for everything from China domestic and international data circuits to IDC services, network management, equipment management, system integration and more.

White Paper: Access China with Next Generation Networks

China Telecom is one of only a handful of elite carriers that has built entirely new IP networks in order to satisfy the complexities of globally distributed, Internet-based, mission-critical applications. China Telecom’s next generation network initiative, China Telecom Next Generation Carrying Network, or CN2, began its acclaimed commercial roll-out in mid-2005. Corporate entities, public sector organizations, carriers and managed service providers now have access to a broad range of highly reliable, high performance network services through the region’s best-connected and entrenched information provider – China Telecom.

Partnering for Success
Penetration of Internet subscribers, like the distribution of China’s nearly four million websites, is concentrated in more developed regions of China. It parallels the investments that have been made in all sorts of infrastructure such as the thousands of industrial parks that have been created to nurture upstart Chinese business, attract multi-nationals doing business in the region and retain them. What many foreign companies have discovered over the years is that in order to have long-term success in China, finding a strong local partner is crucial. China Telecom Americas and its parent company, China Telecom, helps multi-national companies and carriers develop and execute their market penetration strategies in China.

The Century’s Greatest Innovation

It has been suggested by some pundits that the Internet is the greatest innovation of the last 100 years, having shaped the global political landscape, fundamentally shifted the way economies develop and changed how people live, work, learn and play. The world is getting comfortable in a digital skin. Most of us would agree that the Internet has had a profound effect on our lives. According to Nielsen’s 2010 Global Online Survey, 40 percent of online consumers in Asia Pacific claim that the Internet has helped them make big decisions. Today global ecommerce is booming, e-mail and instant messaging communications have become ubiquitous and vital industries such as financial services rely on the Internet for mission-critical applications.

There’s a common global theme. Driven by consumer and business demand, Europe and Asia are now becoming Internet transit centers, a role that had once been dominated by North America. Data published by China Internet Network Information Center (CINIC) in August 2016 show that Internet adoption and use in China remains strong. The number of Internet users grew by 6.1% in 2015 and currently accounts for over 50 percent of China’s population (CINIC). Consider all of this testament to China’s potential: the country has 721 million Internet subscribers, more than double the population of the United States, and the number of mobile Internet users has reached at least 630 million.

So What’s Wrong with the Internet?
If so many people are using the Internet with positive results, what could be wrong? The Internet on which we depend today is wrought with weaknesses stemming from the fact that it was originally developed as a means for research universities to share information among their computers. As it evolved to be used by consumers, government, businesses, educators and researchers, it remained fundamentally a one-size-fits-all infrastructure.

The Internet’s founders could not have foreseen the level of dependency the global business community now has on the Internet as the foundation for the Information Technology (IT) stack, becoming the network of choice for all kinds of applications and communication methods – from voice to video. Who could have anticipated the many changes to the business environment that now affect all areas of IT, especially the network? Today’s IT executives must now make network architecture and operations decisions in consideration of these trends, which make up the new IT paradigm:

  • Globalization. Whether the company’s increasingly global view is driven by a global client base and/or global sourcing of services or materials, IT – from the network layer up to the business application layer – is supplying the enabling infrastructure to sustain the expansion.
  • A growing reliance on distributed, composite applications. The nature of distributed, composite applications is that resources are spread out among many physical and logical locations and they are comprised of IT assets that were not originally built and rolled out together. These applications are ever changing and leverage both old and new technologies. They are dependent upon underlying network performance to keep application resources on-line, performing at required service levels and synchronized worldwide.
  • A move from batch to real-time transaction processing. Industries like manufacturing, financial services and even retail that used to wait 24 hours to analyze the day’s operations data or complete clients’ transactions are now processing transactions in real time and expect to view performance data in real time through their Business Activity Monitoring (BAM) applications and Executive Dashboards. Real-time transaction processing smoothes network loads, yet also means that unless the network supports classes of service, mission critical financial trading transactions or important updates to the ERP system may experience performance bottlenecks due to a burst of e-mail traffic. Customer Service Level Agreements (SLAs) and IT’s operations performance targets are now higher than ever, and rely on real-time transactions, which in turn require network reliability, accessibility and performance.
  • Intense competition and consolidation in many vital industries. There is extreme pressure in nearly every industry to reduce the cost of operations. Information technology, from the business layer down to the network layer, has delivered cost savings by rolling out systems and processes that automate and control business operations. As new network protocols and services are commercialized by industry-leading communications companies, the cost of IT operations has been further reduced and the new IT paradigm has been enabled.
  • Government regulations. Although many regulations are process-oriented, others dictate stringent IT performance, new reporting capabilities and auditable levels of security in the IT infrastructure.
  • Greater availability and acceptability of digital content and web applications. Integrated Software Vendors (ISVs) and content owners have made billions of dollars of investments in web-enabling applications and creating digital content. The growth of digital content market is spurred by the commercialization of services that enable it to be consumed in a variety of ways; through a television, computer or mobile device. The convergence between mobile and fixed line services; between voice, data and video; and between devices all requires supporting network infrastructure to meet rising consumer demands.

Most consumers and business users of Internet services are incognizant of the new paradigm, but IT executives and network communications providers certainly are. The fact is that the Internet we use today (the majority of it running IPv4 technology) has had millions of patches applied to it in order to help it address this new IT paradigm. And in spite of its shortcomings, the Internet continues to be a strategic part of our lives and the global economy.

China Telecom’s CN2: The Business Class Internet
While many global users may be satisfied with the current Internet, some IT executives, industry analysts and innovators like publicly-traded China Telecom Corporation (NYSE: CHA) have seen both cause for concern and untapped opportunity. China Telecom has the majority market share of Internet users in China and 53% of the country’s Internet backbone. The company controls 70% of China’s local access and has led the country’s telecommunications evolution with service offerings like China VNet (Internet portal) and ChinaNet (IP and broadband network) and was the first Chinese carrier to establish a US operation to serve global clients, China Telecom Americas.

Forward-thinking and resourceful, China Telecom evaluated a constellation of emerging technologies, market conditions and trends and concluded that ChinaNet would meet much of the market’s needs for a long time, yet the company understood that there would remain an underserved market segment. The growing importance of IT to global competitiveness, the increasing dependence on networked applications, the booming economy and the influx of Multi-National Corporations (MNCs) investing in China would require an entirely new global Next Generation Network to meet both the staggering volume of demand for Internet services and the new IT paradigm – one that rests on the power of global, distributed, real-time and regulated networked operations. China Telecom laid plans for China Telecom Next Generation Carrying Network, or “CN2.” CN2 provides the global coverage, network technology infrastructure and management capabilities required for MNCs to successfully leverage China in their growth strategy. It’s an advanced communication and information network for the future.

Technology for the Next Generation
NOCs in Shanghai and Beijing equipped with service-aware management tools provide automated provisioning, proactive problem identification and resolution, network and application performance management, service level management and real-time reporting.

CN2 moves China Telecom from a traditional network carrier to a comprehensive integrated information service provider and reinforces its position as an ally to multinational businesses doing business throughout Asia.

A multi-billion dollar investment, CN2 was built from the ground up. It is an IPv6-capable backbone network leveraging new softswitches (the control layer) and protocols like DiffServ and MPLS, which boosts performance of its bearer layer. With five classes of service and QoS, CN2 guarantees reliability and performance of mission-critical and high-priority applications. The MPLS-optimized architecture also enables Frame Relay and ATM traffic to be transported over a Layer 2 VPN, ensuring support for both legacy traffic and new IP services over a single IP/MPLS network. This promotes network efficiency and scalability in order to satisfy the growing demand for IP services.

CN2 enables China Telecom and its subsidiaries to continue to support its legacy services while moving forward with cost effective new offering such as:

  • high-performing global VPNs such as IP/VPNs or Ethernet VPN;
  • converged services offering communications from anywhere to any device (combined voice, data and video services);
  • high-quality IP voice;
  • video streaming and other advanced broadband applications;
  • 3G mobile applications.

Pervasive Network Coverage
After nearly three years of tests and trials, the network began its commercial roll-out in mid-2005, beginning in China with core nodes in seven cities, aggregate nodes in 22 cities, edge nodes in 165 cities with direct coverage to 194 cities with the ability to extend further through ChinaNet. CN2’s Global Points of Presence (POPs) are located in New York, Los Angeles, San Jose, Washington DC, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Singapore, London, Seoul and Tokyo. Connecting to ChinaNet’s over 35 million registered customers, CN2 reaches more subscribers in Asia than any other network, and provides direct connections to all major global ISPs for direct traffic routing. As an ultra long-haul Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) network, CN2 provides better transit and minimizes signal delays.

Smart Operations Support System
Many global carriers struggle with the fact that their Network Operations Centers (NOCs) were built before the entire IT paradigm shifted – before real-time, distributed, mission-critical applications were running over the Internet and certainly before classes of service needed to be managed like applications. How can a company offer industry leading Service Level Agreements for multiple services without the tools to assure that they can be met?

China Telecom’s network investment has been matched by an equally powerful Operations Support Systems (OSS) infrastructure called China Telecom Global Support Center. NOCs in Shanghai and Beijing equipped with service-aware management tools provide automated provisioning, proactive problem identification and resolution, network and application performance management, service level management and real-time reporting. These OSS tools provide China Telecom’s global clients and carrier partners visibility into CN2’s performance. When distributed, composite applications experience performance problems, quickly identifying and isolating the root cause of the problem to the network, ERP system, middleware, database, J2EE application or even the mainframe becomes essential. CN2’s management tools empower Operations Support experts to rapidly rule out whether or not the problem is caused by the network.

CN2’s Benefits to Clients and Affiliates
While leveraging the assets that already exist on ChinaNet, CN2 offers a business class alternative that enables applications and communication services in Asia and beyond to perform at unprecedented levels. CN2 takes into account:

  • The need for immense scalability (of users, network capacity, thousands of interconnections, domains and IP addresses, etc.);
  • The need for application specific SLAs;
  • The growing global dependence on Internet based distributed, composite, mission critical applications;
  • Security as required by government regulations and today’s security best practices;
  • Support for alternate devices and converged media such as voice, data and video;
  • The need to find and fix performance bottlenecks quickly.

Corporate and Public Sector Organizations
Corporations and Public Sector Organizations will realize many benefits from CN2, including:

  • Improved performance of all networked applications;
  • Broader range of services available;
  • Greater flexibility in service choices;
  • Cost effectiveness – more services available through one investment;
  • Ability to store information centrally on the network, which means that they can obtain it from many points, rather than have to transfer data among devices;
  • Reliable management capabilities.

Communications Providers and Managed Services Providers
Communication and Managed Service Providers which have had a long history of collaboration with China Telecom are offered the following with CN2:

  • Best of breed services to offer to their clients either under the China Telecom brand or privately labeled;
  • Ability to generate new revenue streams from innovative, customizable service offerings;
  • Opportunity for easier and cheaper entry into the Asian market by working with China Telecom and its subsidiaries;
  • Availability of carrier-class multi-service IP networks and service driven switching;
  • Superior customer support by leveraging CT’s investment in OSS, making service fulfillment and service support available in real-time.

Summary
China Telecom’s CN2 initiative set out to leapfrog current technology and Internet service offerings in order to enable the growth of the Chinese economy and to remain the Internet service provider of choice serving China and the rest of the world. CN2 is not merely an enhancement or network upgrade. It represents a network and corporate transformation and one that will benefit the region, MNCs and carriers doing business in China for years to come.