China Telecom and Huawei Announce Business Joint Innovation Center

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

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

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

To read more visit Huawei

Super9 Convergence | New Orleans, LA March 18-21, 2018

China Telecom Americas looks forward to attending the Intelisys Super9 Convergence March 18-21 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Come join us to collaborate with the smartest minds in channel and gain insider access to over 30 industry leading suppliers!

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China Telecom Implements a Low Voltage System for Minghua’s $45 million Spartanburg plant

Company Overview

Minghua USA, a division of Jiangnan Mold Plastics Technology Corporation, specializes in developing, manufacturing and selling plastic products and hi-tech molds to major automobile companies such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen and General Motors.

To support its North American business initiatives, the company recently invested $45 million into a new 260,000-square-foot facility located in Greer, S.C., a strategic location for companies in the automotive industry.

Business Needs and Challenges

With a new facility arises the need to install network cabling, racks, hardware and more. Minghua needed a network that could provide reliable connectivity for its computers and phones to communicate internally, as well as with its eight China sites and the rest of the world.

However, the customer did not have a team of experts on hand to help design and implement a low voltage system. Due to the number of systems and components required, Minghua was in search of an experienced US partner that understood standard compliance and how system design would work in unison with equipment.

Why China Telecom Americas

Minghua selected China Telecom Americas to design and implement its low voltage system because of its previous success with low voltage projects and its strong domestic support and network presence in China.

China Telecom Americas designed and implemented everything from structured cabling, access control, security surveillance, server room UPS and A/C and digital signage to their IT network, IP private branch exchange and Wi-Fi system. In addition, CTA provided low voltage equipment and installation, configuration services and a dedicated on-site project manager to interface with the client.

Calvin Qing, IT Manager, Minghua HQ, says, “It was no small achievement to roll out a low voltage system with so many sub-systems in a short time frame, especially with plant build-out, EDI testing with BMW and order changes, and China Telecom Americas demonstrated great project management and allocated all of its available internal resources to ensure the project was delivered on time. In fact, the system was completed ahead of schedule.

We feel that the project was customized for our needs and delivered with exceptional attention to detail and a high level of responsiveness.”

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Ryan Oklewicz, press@ctamericas.com, (703) 787-0088

China Telecom, Shenzhen Water Group Deliver the World’s First Commercial NB-IoT-based Water Management Platform

In recent years, Shenzhen has seen escalating water problems. The city was listed among the top 10 most water-scarce cities in China in 2015 and could face a water deficit of 694 million cubic meters per year by 2020.

That’s why the city is prioritizing water management to better plan, distribute and manage the use of water resources.

China Telecom and Shenzhen Water Group have teamed up to launch the world’s first NB-IoT-based smart water project, in which the city collects real-time data from 1,200 smart water meters and monitors pipe networks and water quality control to 4,500 people.

The smart water management platform runs on China Telecom E-Cloud 3.0 and aims to demonstrate the benefits of NB-IoT connected smart meters through transmission reliability and signal penetration tests.

Prior to the pilot test, Shenzhen Water Group had been sending utility staff to customer properties and had problems measuring, identifying and resolving water flow issues and leakages in a timely manner, among other issues. Having to physically visit every customer site to diagnose water issues proved labor intensive, inefficient and costly.

This project required broad coverage throughout the city and physical depth of coverage due to the hard-to-reach water meter locations. To implement the project, China Telecom leveraged its 800 MHz NB-IoT network with over 500 NB-IoT-capable base stations throughout Shenzhen.

Using the new IoT water management platform, Shenzhen Water Group can now receive real-time alerts so that issues big and small can be resolved faster. The smart meters check data pressure and compare throughput at different nodes of the network, which allows the company to find leaks and take necessary preventative measures. They also experience additional benefits, including:

  • Higher data accuracy with the ability to receive data from 99.5% of the meters in each reading.
  • Better visibility into water usage habits and patterns of different consumer groups.
  • Wider coverage over existing networks, with up to a 20dB gain – water meters underground and in basements are more likely to be able to connect to the NB-IoT network than other networks.
  • Open data formats can be combined with other data sources to create big data analysis, so water consumption can be compared to weather conditions.

This smart water management project has set the pace for full utilization of NB-IoT in China’s water industry and is only a part of the nation’s initiative to lead the way in narrowband IoT commercialization. In the future, these efforts could greatly help China develop new benchmarks and create applications and business models based on insights gathered from IoT.

View the full Shenzhen Internet of Things case study here.

China Telecom to support Always Connected PCs

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

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

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

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

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

To view the full article, visit Telecom Asia

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To view the full article, visit Capacity Media

China Telecom Americas and CRRC Sifang Americas sign ICT contract for $100m Chicago rail car plant

HERNDON, Va., Dec. 21 2017— On December 18, 2017, China Telecom Americas and CRRC SiFang America held a contract signing ceremony in Chicago. Steven Tan, President of China Telecom Americas, Jian Huang, Chinese Enterprise Director of China Telecom Americas, Fuqiang Yu, Executive Vice President of CRRC SiFang America and Zheng Ma, Vice President of CRRC SiFang America, attended the event.

Group photo of ceremony attendees. Steven Tan (fourth from left), President of China Telecom Americas, and Fuqiang Yu (fourth from right), Executive Vice President of CRRC Sifang America, attended the event.

The signing ceremony involves an ICT infrastructure setup and maintenance project for CRRC SiFang America’s new $100 million Chicago rail car assembly plant, housed in a 380,944-square-foot manufacturing facility over 45 acres of land. The assembly plant is expected to produce 846 new rail cars for the Chicago Transit Authority and serves as part of CRRC’s plan to expand across overseas markets. This is the largest rail car project that a Chinese rail car equipment company has received to date – CRRC SiFang America’s Chicago plant will not only provide an economic boost to the city’s once booming steel industry, but also create hundreds of jobs for locals in the area.

China Telecom Americas, the first Chinese telecommunications company to enter the U.S. market, provides multinational enterprises with products and solutions ranging from network architecture, cloud and data center services to equipment management, security, content delivery and more. Based on its in-depth industry knowledge and advanced technology in transpacific communications, the company has become one of the fastest-growing foreign companies in America.

China Telecom Americas has had experience providing IT maintenance and cloud storage services for CRRC SiFang Americas in the past. In this new project, China Telecom Americas will provide computer room and internal network construction, telephone and broadcasting systems, video conferencing and other integrated systems solutions for CRRC’s plant. Under the agreement between CRRC and China Telecom Americas, full implementation of ICT infrastructure is expected to reach completion by May 2018.

China Telecom selects ZTE for resource pool pre-commercial trial SDN project

China Telecom has selected ZTE for the provincial cloud resource pool pre-commercial trial software-defined network (SDN) project. The project encompasses seven Chinese provinces: Guangdong, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Guangxi, Sichuan, Hunan and Jiangxi.

SDN is a developing architecture designed to enable network control using application program interfaces (APIs), or open programmatic interfaces like OpenFlow. The technology helps identify the best route to direct traffic flows across a network. Whenever a packet of data is forwarded to a network switch, principles built into the switch determine where to forward the packet to next. Though still an emerging technology, China has begun to embrace SDN.

ZTE is a major Chinese telecom equipment and systems company. Under the collaboration, ZTE will provide China Telecom full series of SDN solution, including ZENIC vDC controller, Distributed Virtual Switch (DVS), V6000 vRouter, and virtual Firewall (vFW). The SDN controller, VxLAN gateway, virtual switch at Network Virtual Endpoint (NVE) and virtual Firewall will be delivered using virtual machines, according to the companies.

China Telecom said it will launch a cloud resource pool capable of supporting platforms and IT systems. The company said the need for support for automatic resource pool deployment, multi-tenant service, resource pool interconnection while managing construction costs, is driven by the service’s popularity.

To view the full article visit RCR Wireless

 

China Telecom Showcases Smart Waste Management Platform at the 2017 World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, China

Last week, the fourth annual World Internet Conference concluded in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, China. The three-day expo (December 3-5) has become one of the leading events to catch a glimpse of the latest technologies being developed by China’s leading internet companies and service providers.

At this year’s event, China Telecom shared its 5G network technological advancements and demonstrated its eagerness to contribute to 5G standards and help promote commercialization. To that end, China Telecom has achieved the impressive feat of implementing full NB-IoT coverage in Zhejiang province.

Based on cellular mobile network connection technology, NB-Iot offers reduced costs, lower power consumption and enhanced coverage, in addition to a number of other advantages. Smart meters, smart parking, smart homes, and smart cities have undergone proof-of-concept testing and implementation in many places across China, one of which being the host city of this year’s conference.

Conference-goers were able to preview China Telecom’s latest IoT sensor-equipped smart trash bins that detect and report on garbage levels across the city of Wuzhen.  Attendees who stopped by the China Telecom booth received a demo of the solution with a visualized, real-time report of the sensor-generated data as it was being captured throughout the day.

Here’s how the technology works:

Each smart trash bin placed throughout the town is solar powered. The sun provides energy for a mechanism to engage inside the receptacle and compress the trash once it reaches 90 percent capacity, allowing the can to hold up to 3-5 times the trash load of conventional trash cans. It also reacts to motion sensors, makes emergency calls and has a fire extinguishing feature.

But these smart trash bins aren’t just a way to show off cool IoT technology; they were one of the several efforts to keep Wuzhen clean and curb waste management inefficiency – for instance, reducing fuel costs associated with trash collection trips. Such technology provides important data for environmental and transportation planning, as well as city resource allocation. In a rapidly developing country like China, energy and fuel savings, less waste buildup, smart route optimization, and more importantly, the ability to connect people, things, and data, are all key goals and drivers in becoming environmentally friendly.

This smart waste management solution offers only a glimpse of the IoT future, as there are many other practical applications in the Internet of Things realm. As the Internet continues to weave itself deeper into our lives, it is foreseeable that the “Smart Wuzhen” IoT model and NB-IoT commercialization will allow more and more people in Zhejiang, and throughout China, to enjoy the benefits of smart living.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To view the full article visit Capacity Media

 

China Telecom adds 5G testing sites

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

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

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

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

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

To view the full article visit RCR Wireless

China Telecom Bestpay to boost presence in mobile payment

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

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

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

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

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

To view the full article, visit China Daily

Philips Lighting works with China Telecom to boost smart city application

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

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

To view the full article, visit DigiTimes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To view the full article, visit Capacity Media

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To view the original press release, visit Media Outreach

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

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

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

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

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

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

To view the full article, please visit Yicai Global

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

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

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

To view the full article, please visit Telecoms

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To view the original press release, please visit Spirent

MEF 2017 | Orlando, FL | Booth 406 November 13-16, 2017

China Telecom Americas looks forward to exhibiting at MEF 2017 this year in Orlando, Florida.

MEF17 focuses on Third Network connectivity and cloud services for the digital economy & the hyper-connected world. These are delivered over automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks powered by LSO, SDN, NFV & CE 2.0.

Join us November 13-16 for extraordinary peer-to-peer networking opportunities and valuable insight into cutting-edge services and technologies!

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China Telecom and Huawei Awarded “The Operator Award for MEC Development”

[Berlin, Germany, September 27, 2017] At the MEC Congress, the Smart Factory project of China Telecom (Ningbo) and Huawei for Zhenhai Refinery was awarded “The Operator Award for MEC Development”. It is the first award of MEC commercial use for a carrier and demonstrates leadership and excellent performance in terms of MEC industry construction, commercial practices, and technical innovation.

China Telecom (Ningbo) uses Huawei’s MEC@CloudEdge solution to implement the “Industrial Manufacturing 2025” strategy. China Telecom (Ningbo) has been exploring with innovative collaboration in the MEC field to enable more vertical industries, meeting the requirement for optimal user experience in new services. The Smart Factory project for Zhenhai Refinery aims to promote IT development and meet real-time and high-bandwidth service requirements for video surveillance, mobile office, and on-site data collection and transmission.

Zeng Weimin, General Manager of China Telecom (Ningbo), said, “In the era of Internet of Everything, the development of new services, such as AI, will inevitably drive restructuring of traditional telecommunications networks. China Telecom (Ningbo) has been dedicated to edge computing exploration and practice and will work with Huawei to build the Smart Factory project into an example of MEC industry networks.”

MEC is an important part of the future 5G network technologies and a vital service support for the Internet of Everything. China, with fast Internet and information technology development, provides a sound foundation and first-mover advantages for commercial use of new products and technology platforms. In the future, China Telecom (Ningbo) will work with industry partners, including Huawei, to promote MEC industry development and bring more industry implementation and service innovation into realization.

For more detailed information on the project, click here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

To view the original article, please visit Huawei

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

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

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

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

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

To view the full article, please visit Huawei

China Telecom Taps Versa Networks for SD-WAN Service

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

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

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

To view the full press release, please visit Versa Networks

China Telecom Recognized in Gartner’s 2017 Critical Capabilities Report for Network Services in APAC

HERNDON, Va.Sept. 14, 2017— China Telecom, a leading global communications service provider, has been recognized among top vendors for its high performing APAC network in Gartner’s 2017 Critical Capabilities Report for APAC Network Service.

According to the Gartner report, China Telecom offers high-capacity connectivity on key routes to support exponential online traffic growth. This service targets APAC businesses that require cost-effective high bandwidth to distribute their content and applications over the Internet.

“We realize that our underlying network performance directly affects our clients’ business performance and see the importance of investing in added capacity,” says Stephen Tan, President of China Telecom Americas. “This year we established three new points of presence (PoPs) in North America, several across Europe and a new data center in partnership with Global Switch in Hong Kong. Through our portfolio of cloud networking services our clients can also securely connect to leading public cloud service providers from 28 cloud gateways.”

For multinationals in the banking and finance sector, China Telecom’s low-latency network functions as a critical backbone for algorithmic trading. Its points of presence and high capacity cable routes enable fast data transmission across 13 financial centers including ShanghaiShenzhenDalianZhengzhouHong KongTokyoSingaporeLos AngelesChicagoNew YorkLondonFrankfurt and Moscow. The company offers an International Ethernet Private Line (IEPL) service that runs over SDH/SONET and optical networks and supports speeds up to 100Gbps.

“China Telecom is proud to be recognized in Gartner’s 2017 Critical Capabilities Report. Our strong domestic network and local support capabilities truly put us in an ideal position to serve MNCs with extensive China requirements,” Tan comments. “In the coming years, we will continue to expand our global network infrastructure to better serve multinationals in their digital transformation plans.”

Download a copy of the 2017 Gartner Critical Capabilities for APAC Network Services report here.

About China Telecom Americas

China Telecom Americas is a leading provider of integrated communications and information technology services to customers in over 70 countries. With headquarters in Herndon, Virginia, and offices in ChicagoDallasLos AngelesNew YorkSan JoseToronto and Sao Paolo, the company offers a suite of turnkey services from cloud and data center services to equipment management, security, content delivery, mobility solutions and more. Learn more at www.ctamericas.com

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China Telecom adopts Spirent VoLTE audio test systems

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

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

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

To view the original article, visit Telecom Paper

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.

Register for Channel Partners Evolution | Schedule a Meeting

China Telecom ready to support Kyrgyzstan’s digital transformation plans

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To view the original article, please visit Xinhua

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

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

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

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

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

The Benefits of SD-WAN for a Globalized IT Economy

As enterprise WANs become more costly and complex, a growing number of organizations are turning to next-generation networks to keep their data lanes running at peak performance. Leading this charge is the software-defined WAN (SD-WAN), which decouples the WAN’s control plane from network traffic and makes it programmable.

Organizations of all types can take advantage of SD WANs’ automation capabilities by programming them to intelligently route traffic over a mix of terrestrial and wireless technologies – such as public internet, private MPLS and 4G LTE – based on the application. Key benefits include:

  • Easy configuration: Rather than working directly with routing protocols, the IT team simply needs to tell the SD-WAN application how to handle certain traffic.
  • Lower cost: Because an SD-WAN can dynamically adapt to changing network conditions, low-cost broadband options are more feasible.
  • Flexibility: An SD-WAN can be reconfigured much faster than a traditional WAN, making it highly adaptable to the needs of different businesses.

This simplified, cost-effective approach to WAN is catching on fast. Gartner predicts that by 2020, 30% of enterprises will have deployed SD-WAN technology, up from less than 1% in 2015.

Benefits of a Managed SD-WAN

With a centrally managed SD-WAN architecture, IT teams can build a better WAN from the outset. The ability to augment or replace MPLS connections with broadband internet services can lower WAN costs by up to 90 percent.

It can also dramatically lower operational expenditure by giving IT operators the ability to add new network locations to the WAN within hours rather than weeks. The EdgeConnect SD-WAN solution, for example, employs a “plug and play” deployment model that can automatically add new physical branches and cloud-based IaaS services into the WAN. IT teams can quickly effect configuration updates to all WAN appliances with a single click.

This type of SD-WAN also integrates routing, basic firewalling, 256-bit encryption and WAN optimization. As a result, internet-based WAN connections are both secure and reliable, and the need for expensive, latency-adding backhaul WAN connections is drastically reduced.

China Telecom partnership with Silver Peak

To help address the connectivity, performance and security requirements of its international clients, China Telecom recently announced a formal partnership with Silver Peak, a global leader in broadband and hybrid WAN solutions.

China Telecom chose Silver Peak’s EdgeConnect SD-WAN solution based on its complete, single-device architecture. This will allow China Telecom to serve multinational clients cost-effectively while meeting their unique application service level agreements (SLAs). It provides seamless integration with China Telecom’s NetCare monitoring and management platform, and customers can also opt into Silver Peak’s Unity Boost performance pack, which accelerates latency-sensitive applications and reduces data duplication across the network.

Silver Peak pivoted to SD-WAN as its flagship offering in mid-2015, and now has more than 300 clients for its Unity EdgeConnect SD-WAN solution. Although not typically viewed as a full replacement for WAN routers, Silver Peak can provide that capability.

With a shared vision of SD-WAN replacing traditional WAN in the future, China Telecom and Silver Peak aim to bring secure managed services to enterprises and organizations across North America and APAC.

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China Telecom joins HomeGrid Forum

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

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

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

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

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

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

To view the original press release, visit Marketwired

Ericsson and China Telecom launch IoT platform

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To view the full press release, visit Ericsson

China Telecom Americas Unveils Plan to Boost Data Center Capacity and Content Delivery

HERNDON, Va., July 05, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — China Telecom (CT) is pleased to announce new projects that will expand the company’s data center capacity in Hong Kong, as well as its points of presence (PoP) network across North America.

The Tseung Kwan O data center is currently under construction in Hong Kong. CT will build, operate and manage colocation areas for two of the new buildings, which are due to come on-stream in Q4 2017.

CT has also expanded its Shatin data center in Hong Kong with the addition of one new floor for increased server capacity. It opened to the market in April 2017.

Meanwhile, China Telecom Americas (CTA) has widened its network coverage in North America with three new PoPs: one at Viawest’s Hillsboro, Oregon, data center, another at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME Group) Facility in Aurora, Illinois, and a third at Cologix’s Montreal, Quebec, facility.

These moves come as 35 percent of enterprises in data-heavy industries are predicted to embrace formal data center organization and governance by 2018, with the digital transformation economy increasingly demanding isolated, lights-out server rooms.

And rapidly maturing, next-generation technology such as cognitive artificial intelligence, machine learning, adaptive security architecture and blockchain ledgers are set to drive further investment in flexible data center and content delivery solutions.

CT’s network expansion will therefore bolster its trans-Pacific proposition to ensure it stays ahead of bandwidth demand by offering customers hosting solutions and direct connectivity to ChinaNet, China’s largest internet backbone, and CN2, China Telecom’s next-generation MPLS network.

“China Telecom is proud to be enhancing its Hong Kong data center portfolio with the expansion of its best-in-class Shatin facility and the addition of a new site at Tseung Kwan O in partnership with Global Switch,” says CTA President Joe Han. “Equally, we look forward to China Telecom Americas’ points of presence in Oregon and Illinois playing a key role in our North American data transmission and end-to-end network services.”

He adds: “Our customers are innovators, who rely on our network solutions to help their businesses grow. China Telecom’s latest investment in Hong Kong data centers and North America points of presence means our customers can expect reliable, low-latency, worldwide connectivity. This will enable them to deploy applications fast and flexibly.”

China Telecom Enlarges Its Data Center Footprint

The announcement of CT’s added capacity in Hong Kong follows a cooperation agreement signed in April by CT, Global Switch, a leading developer of large-scale, carrier- and cloud-neutral data centers around the world, and Daily-Tech, a developer and operator of data center infrastructure throughout China.

The arrangement means CT can tap into Global Switch’s extensive data center capacity outside mainland China. This includes Global Switch’s Tseung Kwan O data center in Hong Kong, which is currently being built. Global Switch owns the five-building site; CT will develop and manage colocation areas for two of the buildings.

With a total building area of 45,000 square meters and power capacity of up to 70 mega-volt amps (MVA), Tseung Kwan O promises a number of advantages, including:

  • Tier 3 status: also providing access to local and international Tier 1 and Tier 2 carriers
  • Cloud and carrier neutrality: giving enterprises a choice of hosting, infrastructure and connectivity services
  • Connectivity to three submarine cables: the Asia-Pacific Gateway, Asia Submarine-cable Express and East Asia Crossing lines will all land in the adjacent Tseung Kwan O cable station
  • Direct links to Hong Kong’s financial hub: easy access to the nearby Hong Kong stock exchange; HKEX colocation facility occupies the same industrial complex
  • Low carbon footprint: targeting LEED Gold and BEAM PLUS Gold ratings for long-term energy efficiency

Strengthening North American PoPs
CTA’s network of PoP servers brings data closer to end users and cuts round-trip time to speed up content delivery and data transmission rates. Three new PoPs will ensure that North American businesses can provide faster, more reliable delivery in China and beyond.

The Hillsboro, Oregon, PoP will feature:

  • 2(N+1) redundancy: ensuring comprehensive back-up power cover
  • Diverse connectivity: extensive Cloud and Carrier Interconnections
  • No city or state taxes: lowering the cost of colocation

The Aurora, Illinois, PoP promises:

  • High-speed access: to major APAC financial centers in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Shenzhen and beyond.
  • One-stop shop: for low-latency global connectivity

The Montreal data center offers:

  • A robust cloud ecosystem: including private connections that circumvent the public internet
  • Access to Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute: giving optimized speed and scalable connectivity

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.

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China Telecom Named a ‘Champion’ by Frost & Sullivan for APAC Data Centers

WASHINGTON, July 03, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — In the Frost & Sullivan IQ for Asia-Pacific Data Center Services Providers for 2017, China Telecom was one of only four companies operating in the APAC data service centers market to earn a place in the “Champions” quadrant.

The Champions quadrant reflects a strong combination of market share performance and future growth strategies as determined by Frost & Sullivan (F&S) research. The honor recognizes leadership in addressing the fast-growing digital needs of Asia-Pacific markets, which includes high-population areas such as China and India. F&S reported that rising IT complexities brought about by virtualization and consolidation, along with cost constraints, have increased the popularity of third-party data centers within these markets.

According to F&S, colocation services make up the bulk of data services revenue in Asia-Pacific (63 percent), with managed hosting services contributing the rest. Total current market value of these services is estimated at $14.1 billion, and predicted to achieve a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.7 percent from 2015 to 2022, to reach almost $32 billion by 2023.

Cloud Offerings Take Off
More enterprises are choosing to bypass management of their IT infrastructure in favor of cloud deployments such as infrastructure-as-a-service. This has resulted in high growth in cloud offerings among data center providers, including China Telecom. According to F&S, the demand for colocation services is being led by large enterprises and high-regulation verticals such as banking, finance and insurance.

China Telecom has built up an extensive global Internet Data Center (IDC) colocation network that includes 20 Tier-IV and more than 90 Tier-III facilities. As noted by China Telecom Americas President Joe Han, the company’s Hong Kong facility is an ideal option for local enterprises that are considering colocation and have critical requirements around performance, latency, scalability and compliance. “In addition to comprehensive disaster protection and data recovery solutions, our IDCs can offer highly customizable architectures, best-practice cybersecurity and around-the-clock facility monitoring, and dedicated NOC support,” says Han.

CTA: Leader in Data Center Space
The Asia-Pacific data center landscape includes a diverse set of players, spanning telecommunications companies and carriers, data center service providers and managed service providers. Together, the top four vendors accounted for approximately 28.4 percent of Asia-Pacific data center services revenue in 2016. Key competitors categorized under the F&S “Challengers” quadrant included Singtel, KDDI Telehouse, Telstra and Global Switch. Much of this growth in competition is attributed to significant data center build-outs in countries such as Japan, Australia and Singapore.

China Telecom is the largest IDC provider in China with eight regional cloud data centers and two cloud campuses in Inner Mongolia and Guizhou. It operates more 300 data centers across the country, occupying about 400,000 square meters of raised floor space. China Telecom is also a leading player in the data center space outside China, operating self-built data centers and partnering with over a dozen data center providers. In total, CT manages more than 50 international and regional data centers with key locations in the United States, Europe, Moscow, Dubai, Singapore and mainland China. Managed hosting, web hosting and virtual hosting services are available, backed by comprehensive service level agreements as well as support engineering personnel who hold internationally recognized certifications, such as Cisco Certified Internetwork Experts (CCIE) and Cisco Certified Network Professionals (CCNP).

High-Performance Network Connections
This global IDC reach is matched with high-performance, fully diversified network connections that previously supported up to 10Gbps high-speed internet access and low-latency private lines. This has since been boosted to 100Gbps with the recent launch of China Telecom’s “Super TSR” (Transit Silk Road) – an ultra-low latency terrestrial route that offers industry-leading big bandwidth, low-latency connectivity between Asia-Pacific and Europe.

The important issue of environmental protection is also taken into consideration. “As IT infrastructure further consolidates and grows, sustainability will only become of greater concern. Hence the commitment of China Telecom to comprehensive energy efficiency and green operational policies at all of our data centers,” Han notes.

About China Telecom Americas
China Telecom Americas is a wholly owned U.S.-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, Silver Peak to Provide Global Managed SD-WAN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

China Data Center Trends and Future Outlook

According to a report by market research firm Technavio, the data center market in China is expected to post exponential growth over the next five years, with a CAGR on capex revenue of around 13 percent between 2016 and 2020.

Much of this growth has come from widespread adoption of data centers by government agencies during the last decade, says the report. In addition, major government investment in data center advances, targeted at stimulating the country’s digital economy, is boosting the adoption of cloud services, big data and IoT.

So what are the top data center trends in China, and how are they poised to shape the country’s digital future?

Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM)

Data center operators are constantly searching for ways to utilize floor space, electricity and equipment more efficiently. They are being helped in this quest by the latest generation of DCIM tools, which can monitor and manage the operations of both the facility’s support functions – such as air conditioning and PDUs – and its IT equipment, such as servers and network switches.

These DCIM tools can also provide colocation customers with transparency into their data center’s operations, for a single, holistic point of view into the status of their IT infrastructure. As part of its IT Infrastructure Management capability, China Telecom offers various key DCIM services, including 24/7/365 proactive monitoring, operation management and system optimization.

The Converged Data Center

Rather than managing their storage, CPU and virtualization in separate silos, an increasing number of data center service providers are graduating towards a more converged IT infrastructure which can utilize off-the-shelf appliances, all managed by a single software stack. The objective? To reduce overall operational complexity, while increasing flexibility, scaling and efficiency. According to recent figures by 451 Research, 40 percent of organizations are already using this type of architecture to some degree – a number that is likely to rise as more enterprises abandon traditional stand-alone servers in favor of cloud apps and colocation services.

Improved Content Delivery Networks

CDN site acceleration can be a key differentiator for ISPs that want to offer more responsive web hosting services in China. By serving static assets from the network edge, CDNs are also now improving user experience and reliability for a wide range of industry verticals and technologies, including ecommerce, finance, media/publishing, SaaS and mobile apps. China Telecom’s CDN network includes more than 60 CDN cache nodes in mainland China alone, accelerating the delivery of websites, downloads and streaming data.

Demand for faster, more stable broadband connections will only increase in China as companies look to extend their presence and provide better quality and cybersecurity. The hyperconverged CDN data center is likely to be a core enabler, offering advanced support for on-demand streaming, live broadcasts and adaptive streaming media over HTTP. Further down the line, it’s possible that individual mobile devices, communicating via P2P-style networks, will function as CDN “micro” nodes to ease data center workloads.

Hyperscale Data Center Partnerships 

The huge resource needs of applications such as big data, IoT, social networks and IaaS are leading to growing demand for hyperscale data center architectures. These allow users to seamlessly add on-demand computing resources from any location. Another key driver is the need for customers to continue to receive quality and secure data center infrastructure, facilities and services as they expand internationally.

In order to meet these demands, it’s expected that more data center providers will enter into strategic partnerships to provide international customers with large-scale, carrier-and-cloud neutral, multi-tenant data center products. A prime example of this is the recent co-operation framework agreement struck between China Telecom, Daily-Tech and Global Switch.

Although the U.S. still accounts for 45 percent of the world’s major cloud and internet data centers, China leads the world in internet consumption, with 710 million people online, according to a recent report by CNNIC (China’s Internet Network Information Center). As demand for cloud computing and other data services continues to grow in China, advances in data center technology can be expected to play a key role in both the int­­­egration of these technologies with modern manufacturing, and China’s gradual transition to a service economy.

China Telecom Americas Establishes Sales Partnership with Telarus to Offer Enhanced Transpacific Connectivity Suite

Herndon, VA – China Telecom Americas is pleased to announce it has partnered with master agency, Telarus, Inc., a leading value-added distributor of network, unified communications (UC) and cloud services, to offer China Telecom’s services. China Telecom Americas joins other world-class international carriers as a resource for Telarus to offer its agent network and their customers.

Companies included under the Telarus umbrella can take advantage of China Telecom Americas’ local expertise and customer service for deploying and managing transpacific network services between the world’s two largest economies.

Additionally, through this partnership with Telarus, China Telecom will offer a robust product portfolio that is inclusive of CT’s Cloud Services, direct-connects to our partner cloud companies (i.e. AWS and Microsoft Azure), data center / colocation services, global internet, network and managed services, along with equipment, unified communications and China toll free to name a few. All services are ideal for enterprise customers serving the global community.

China Telecom Adds Key Infrastructure to the Telarus Portfolio

“China Telecom Americas is a great addition to Telarus’ international carrier portfolio because, as an entity of parent company China Telecom, they over 75 global points of presence around the world and are currently adding more to help customers directly access China’s largest backbone networks,” said Paula McKinnon, VP of supplier management at Telarus.

“Our partnership with Telarus will make our services accessible to more companies that need to establish an international network,” said Joe Han, President of China Telecom Americas. “We see this step as a growth opportunity for both partners as well as our shared customers.”

Telarus Extends Cloud Services

Telarus is helping China Telecom Americas further its mission of providing secure, reliable global infrastructure network services and managed services that advance business communications today, tomorrow and beyond.

Reflecting increased use of cloud computing, CTA offers a comprehensive suite of enterprise cloud services through a 20-site, multi-continent cloud network built with next generation technology. Supported by dedicated teams of network specialists and engineers, China Telecom Americas’ customers continually realize successful, cost-effective global infrastructure cloud deployments that scale with the speed of their business.

Han notes, “As our customers innovate, they begin to see more need for advanced network services and other technology infrastructure that can help their businesses thrive.”

As the partnership between China Telecom Americas and Telarus evolves, CTA looks forward to enabling more customer success and growth.

About China Telecom Americas

China Telecom Americas is a wholly owned U.S.-based subsidiary of China Telecom Corporation, one of the world’s leading providers of integrated communications and information technology services to customers in more than 70 countries around the globe. With headquarters in Herndon, Va., 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 solutions from network architecture, cloud services, and services for data centers to equipment management, security, content delivery, mobility solutions, and more. Discover more at www.ctamericas.com and contact us at Partnersales@ctamericas.com.

About Telarus

Telarus is a technology services master agent who holds contracts with over 100 data, voice, and cloud providers. To help our partners See What Others Can’t, we have created a set of tools to help them win more business. We are proud to offer our partners performance monitoring of all circuits ordered, patented pricing tools aid in carrier selection/optimization and cloud engineers to aid partners in complex network design. Our project management team ensures the services ordered are turned up properly. Account management to allow partners to focus on selling while our team manages the renewal process and upsells on their behalf. Telarus was voted the best master agent by the members of the Telecom Association for over five years in a row and is a top 3 channel partner for nearly all providers it represents. For more information on the Telarus partner program, please visit www.telarus.com/partners

Media Contact:

Ryan Oklewicz, press@ctamericas.com, (703) 787-0088

AsiaSat Expands In-flight Services for China Telecom

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

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

To view the full article, please visit Content+Technology

Developing a Trusted Security Strategy for China

Organizations in the Americas are increasingly looking to expand into China and tap into its vast growth opportunities. Yet to take advantage of this dynamic, fast-expanding market, they need to manage data securely and efficiently. That’s why firms are looking to China Telecom Americas (CTA) as their trusted partner: a provider that can offer peace of mind with cutting-edge threat protection via a comprehensive set of network security solutions.

We live in a digital world. Data is the lifeblood of any organization, and that’s no different for those looking to grow their business in China. But the sheer volume, variety and sophistication of online threats, network resilience challenges and business risk can present a significant barrier to growth and impair essential services, affecting brand reputation and ramping up the cost of doing business in the region. Average breach costs for global organizations rose to $4 million in 2016. That’s why a trusted partner is so important to secure mission-critical data and networks.

Adding to the problem for organizations operating internationally is that data must be shared extensively, often across both on-premises and cloud systems, and pushed out to multiple fixed and mobile endpoints, creating a large possible attack surface for cybercriminals, nation states and hacktivists to target.

DDoS Threats

Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks are a constant source of pain for IT security managers, and the threat is growing globally. There was a 4 percent increase in the volume of attacks in Q4 2016 compared to the previous year, with the peak attack size up to 517Gbps and targets on average suffering not one but 30 attacks. DDoS is an ever-present threat. As one vector diminishes, another comes to the fore (as has happened recently with Network Time Protocol, or NTP).

The emergence of IoT-powered botnets such as Mirai has added a new level urgency to DDoS mitigation, with attacks of 300Gbps now not uncommon, according to Akamai. In our always-on digital world, even a few minutes of downtime can cost firms millions. Time, quite literally here, is money.

Record Threat Volumes

DDoS is far from the only security threat facing firms. One security vendor alone blocked over 81 billion unique threats last year, and recorded a spike in new ransomware families of 752 percent. The sheer range of threats, infection vectors and attack techniques is staggering. From relatively simple information-stealing Trojans to complex multi-staged zero-day threats, it requires security teams to constantly be on guard.

Organizations operating in China are exposed to exactly the same threats as anywhere else, and suffer the same financial and reputational fallout when one sneaks through. In fact, China was a top 10 global target for web app attacks in Q4, with SQLi, LFI and XSS the biggest threats.

The CTA Difference

Security teams have to manage all these myriad challenges while balancing the books and meeting sometimes rigorous regulatory and legislative compliance requirements. They must also ensure any security controls don’t interfere with data flows and employee productivity. Fortunately, China Telecom Americas has a number of managed security solutions designed to do all the heavy lifting for customers, providing maximum security while reducing cost and complexity.

Anti DDoS

CTA offers DDoS protection via two techniques: black hole filtering and “clean pipe.” Black holing drops unwanted traffic before it can enter a customer’s network. It does this by dynamically routing it to an empty “black hole” IP address. Clean pipe techniques work best on volumetric attacks and ensures traffic is scrubbed of any DDoS packets before entering the organization’s network by sending it to a CTA cleaning server first.

Threat Monitoring

At the heart of CTA’s threat-monitoring service is security information and event management (SIEM). This 24/7 platform monitors for threats around the clock, consolidating feeds from multiple sources around the customer’s IT environment for the most effective and comprehensive real-time monitoring and reporting possible. Threats are detected early, allowing for swift incident handling and remediation, which is vital to minimize the fallout of an attack. Hotline support and emergency threat advisories are also available around the clock where needed.

Secure Internet Access

Organizations operating in China, as elsewhere, need to enable secure remote and mobile working to drive productivity and business agility while keeping data and systems protected. The answer is CTA’s mobile VPN (virtual private network) offering, based on China Telecom’s MPLS VPN hybrid network, which reaches across the entire mainland of China. It offers a highly secure encrypted connection into your corporate network from wherever you are, supporting key use cases including VoIP, videoconferencing and use of resource-hungry enterprise apps like ERP software.

In fact, corporate data security is guaranteed because the MPLS network connects directly with cloud providers like Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Azure. We also offer our VPN customers real-time network monitoring, proactive fault handling, network management and a centralized portal for easy management.

The above offerings are all part of the China Telecom Americas managed security platform, which also features web content filtering, AV protection, intrusion detection and prevention systems (IDS/IPS), cloud security and more. By outsourcing to a trusted global partner with a proven track record in China, organizations doing business in the region can be sure security is handled by the experts, freeing up their own IT teams to focus on more strategic tasks.

Contact Information 

For more information please contact:
Ryan Oklewicz
(703) 787-0088
press@ctamericas.com

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

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

  • “Best CEO”
  • “Best Investor Relations”

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

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

To view the original press release, please visit PR Newswire

China Telecom aims to make Shanghai a gigabit city

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

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

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

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

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

To view the full article, please visit Retail News Asia

Umbra Uses CTA’s Managed MPLS Solution to Connect its Locations Across Four Continents

Umbra is one of the world’s most innovative housewares product design companies. A global company based in Toronto, Canada, Umbra brings intelligent design to everyday items. The company develops and manufactures modern housewares products ranging from furniture and frames to bath and kitchen products to entirely new categories of everyday items.

The company was established in 1979 when one of the founders couldn’t find a window shade he liked for his apartment. Instead, he created his own — and the company was born. Umbra (which means “shade” in Latin) is still led by the original two founders.

The company reimagines everyday items and creates objects that designers would appreciate, give as gifts or use themselves at home. Today, Umbra sells more than 2,000 home products through 25,000 retailers in 120 countries. Its products include wall décor and picture frames, window rods, jewelry storage, bathroom and closet organization, kitchen gadgets and furniture.

Umbra has numerous locations on four continents: in Asia (Shenzhen, China), North America (Toronto, Canada and Buffalo, New York), Europe (over 30 countries) and South America (São Paolo, Brazil). Umbra’s main manufacturing plant is in Shenzhen, China, with warehouses in Toronto, Buffalo, and Shenzhen.1 The company’s vast IT resources and network are shared across all locations from its hosted data center in Toronto. Umbra also provides IT services to its smaller sister company, TCH, an industrial and case hardware manufacturer headquartered in Toronto. TCH’s North American facilities are located in Toronto, Buffalo and Dallas.

Business Challenge

Several years ago, Umbra invested in a centralized MPLS [Multi-Protocol Label Switching] network for all of its major computing functions across the globe. The hosted data center in Toronto includes the ERP system and all of Umbra’s manufacturing and distribution software.

Having a reliable MPLS connection that is always on and accessible worldwide is very important. Without a connection to the data center in Toronto, the production lines stand still and distribution comes to a halt — which affects customer expectations and satisfaction, as well as revenue.

Customer Problem

Umbra experienced several issues with its previous North America-based MPLS provider, including:

• An unreliable network and packet loss

• Inadequate support

• Little or no visibility as to when a problem would be fixed

• Bureaucratic and slow response times

In addition, Umbra had to manage the routers on the MPLS network themselves. Eventually, the previous provider added managed services for the MPLS, but “it took months to implement at just one site,” said Scott Peter, Umbra’s IT infrastructure manager. “Another issue was that network problems required submitting an online help ticket to report, which typically resulted in long wait times for an email response with a scheduled fix. It dragged on and on, and [the process] was very painful.”

To efficiently conduct IT worldwide business, Umbra required:

• A stable network with a proven MPLS provider that would quickly respond and resolve any problems in a timely manner;

• Reliable MPLS managed services for 24/7 uptime;

• Lower cost of service and support; and

• Global reach.

Why Umbra Chose China Telecom Americas

“The attraction to China Telecom Americas was its strength and footprint in the Asia Pacific region,” Peter said. “We wanted better network performance and reliability from Shenzhen to Toronto.”

“China Telecom Americas was able to solve the latency problem with guaranteed 230 milliseconds latency. Our previous provider offered that, too, but in reality they were always at 300 milliseconds. It was tough to get them to acknowledge there was a problem with the Service Level Agreement. There were even problems with billing. Nothing went smoothly.”

In 2012, Umbra moved its network to China Telecom Americas, ending its affiliation with a large North America based provider.

How China Telecom is Different

Unlike the North America-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

The team supporting Umbra — 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. Umbra 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 Umbra team in Canada — in addition to the team of network engineers — for ongoing 24/7 support.

Customer Solution — Managed MPLS Private Data Network and Global Internet Service

China Telecom Americas delivered an end-to-end, managed MPLS solution with QoS [Quality of Service] that was tailored to Umbra’s specific needs and a Service Level Agreement that guaranteed up-time of 99.9 percent.

The solution also included expanded bandwidth and global Internet service — and was implemented successfully in a very short timeframe.

Fast, Smooth Implementation

Peter oversaw the entire implementation. “We had 60 days to implement the China Telecom Americas solution. We were on a tight timeline,” he explained.

“One of the things that impressed me was that China Telecom Americas was extremely customer service-focused. They dropped everything when we needed them. Things got done and, if there was a problem, I could just call our rep and get someone from China Telecom Americas right away. No matter what the problem was, we could easily get someone who could manage the router, get us up and running, cut us over, or do whatever needed to be done.”

“It was almost as if we had one dedicated person. China Telecom Americas was always available and easy to reach, and its engineer based in Los Angeles was very, very good at what he did. Everything went really fast and smoothly.”

Quality of Service and Traffic Shaping

With its complete service approach, China Telecom Americas also provided Umbra with traffic shaping — and “we didn’t even have to ask for it,” Peter noted. “We were able to put Quality of Service on the MPLS, which was very important to us for CITRIX and VoIP optimization. We were able to do that right at the network level. All we had to do was tell China Telecom Americas what traffic we needed to optimize and they would put it in. It was simple to do and it was quickly implemented.”

— Dramatic Improvement in Network Performance and Productivity

Umbra increased its network performance and efficiency, saving time and money. Since switching its network to China Telecom Americas, Umbra now enjoys a wide range of benefits:

Less down time — an optimized, stable and improved MPLS network 

Improved business productivity increased revenue, increased production and cost savings due to network efficiency and reliability

Shorter response time  network problems are quickly addressed and resolved

Better value — “With China Telecom, we also increased our bandwidth, bringing greater value to our business,” Peter said. “The previous provider might have been able to undercut the cost, but we would still have their bureaucracy and high latency.”

Convenience — “Before, we had one provider for MPLS and another provider for Internet. With China Telecom Americas providing both services, we switched over to one bill. Everything became easy now that we only have one provider and one bill to deal with. If we have issues with anything, we only have one person we need to call.” 

Partnership with China Telecom Americas Delivers Lasting Benefits

Consistent, fast and centralized service and reliable connections across continents have been critical to Umbra’s success. Umbra’s 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, contact China Telecom Americas sales at sales@ctamericas.com

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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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Shanghai’s broadband to be the world’s broadest

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

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

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

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

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

To view the original article please visit Shanghai Daily

China Telecom taps Huawei for ROADM deployment

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

To view the full article, please visit Telecom Asia

China Telecom sets up key NB-IoT tech beachhead

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To view the original article please visit ECNS

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

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

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

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

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

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

To view the original press release visit Market Wired

Xiaomi, China Telecom Ally on Smart Home, Handset Sales

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

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

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

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

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

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

To view the original article, please visit Marbridge Consulting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Transatel to offer LTE data services with China Telecom

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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China Telecom’s CDN Technology Transforms User Experiences While Adding Reliability and Security

Transmission speed and reliability in the digital world are more important than ever, and content delivery networks (CDNs) are paving the way for better internet and mobile technology services by serving static assets from the edge — as well as site acceleration and other products.

In China, only 44 percent of the population are Internet users, but that’s still enough people to make it the world’s largest online population. As the number of users is expected to increase considerably in the coming years, leading Chinese IT service providers seek to innovate underlying frameworks in ways that both serve customers and satisfy regulatory requirements.

China’s IT industry has a number of projects in progress to further its capacity to serve the coming wave of virtual activity and meet these demands. A major initiative is improving content delivery network (CDN) infrastructure.

CDN Development

A CDN is a system that delivers content from a website or mobile application to people more quickly and efficiently, based on their geographic location. Comprising a network of servers (“points of presence,” or POPs) in locations across the globe, CDNs cache static resources, bringing data closer to users and reducing necessary round-trip time. Content delivery networks are useful across a range of verticals:

  • Ecommerce: A CDN helps e-commerce sites deliver content quickly and efficiently, even during the holiday shopping season or other high-traffic times. Without CDNs, load times for images and other elements would be a considerably longer for users who might be hundreds or thousands of miles away from the host servers.
  • Finance: CDNs allow banking institutions to deliver sensitive data to consumers and analysts on a range of devices with a fast, secure and reliable infrastructure. Also, there is additional defense against network and application-level attacks.
  • Media/Publishing: A CDN can help media companies update pages in real time. For delivering images and video, CDNs can take advantage of content optimization techniques and device caching that promotes smooth delivery.
  • Mobile apps: A CDN delivers dynamic and location-based content, reducing load times and increasing responsiveness. Other techniques that help the mobile user experience include text compression and video pacing, for example.
  • Technology and SaaS: A CDN helps tech sites serve billions of requests each day. Particular concerns by SaaS providers addressed by a CDN might include onboarding times and SSL security.

A project involving a partnership between China Telecom Global and Conversant Solutions Pte Ltd is the introduction of an international CDN in which the two companies’ CDN infrastructures integrate through a CDN federation (an interconnection of individually operated CDNs) to provide a global delivery framework.

This connection will enable content upload, delivery, storage, transcoding, management and related services. It will optimize both companies’ resources and will improve the quality and quantity of Chinese internet services. Faster speeds mean faster load times for web and mobile users, quick scalability during heavy traffic times, minimized risk of traffic spikes (which ensures site stability), decreased infrastructure costs due to traffic offloading, and better site performance. Other benefits include the availability of usage analytics, high-capacity infrastructures (for higher availability and lower network latency), and improved performance.

More stable broadband connections will help companies doing business in China to extend their presence and provide better quality and security. China Telecom Americas offers a high-speed content delivery network with a strong presence across the country and the world, accelerating the delivery of content in China and beyond.

What to Look For in a China CDN Provider

Because the point of a CDN is to reduce the distance between your users and the servers bringing them desired content and information, it’s smart business to find a local provider.

When investigating, consider whether the provider can navigate infrastructure hurdles. In addition to these basic framework issues, enterprises entering new markets will likely need help understanding local internet laws or regulations which may change frequently.

China Telecom offers clear advantages to companies looking to improve performance in China and other Asia-Pacific markets where they lack a physical server presence.

These advantages include:

  • Full network control: China Telecom owns and operates one of the world’s best-connected networks, delivering content to last-mile networks without relying on third-party transit providers with their own routing policies.
  • Licensure: China Telecom has a full CDN license in China and is licensed to host and deliver web content throughout the country.
  • Reliable, easy to use storage: Storage options include secure origin, external file and cloud-based solutions, fully optimized for specific technical requirements. Customers can upload content via Aspera, FTP, SFTP, R-Sync, and SCP. Data is securely stored and backed up using state-of-the-art firewall and data-retention technologies.
  • Advanced streaming: Support for streaming on demand, live broadcasts, and adaptive streaming media over HTTP. Dynamic Content Packaging (DCP) of adaptive streaming media in HDS and HLS formats. Encoding and transcoding functions available for content compatibility with a wide range of viewing platforms. (This is especially important as many consumers in China view video via personal devices.)

Learn more about China Telecom’s CDN features and service, which includes fully customized solutions packages.

Readers are invited to learn more about plans for improving communications technology in China by China Telecom and China Telecom Americas.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SWM5 Wins Submarine Project of the Year at Global Carrier Awards

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

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

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

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

SEA-ME-WE 5 Breaks Through Technological Barriers

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

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

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

Connecting Asia to Western Europe and the Middle East

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

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

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

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

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

About China Telecom Americas

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

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

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

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

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

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

China Telecom Plays Leading Role in APG

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

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

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

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

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

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

APG Supports Business Growth in Asia-Pacific

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

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

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

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

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

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

About China Telecom Americas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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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China Telecom and Nepal Telecom Jointly Deliver IP Services in Nepal

HONG KONG, CHINA–(Marketwired – Dec 7, 2016) – China Telecom and Nepal Telecom, the major operator in Nepal, have reached an agreement to deliver IP services in Nepal, with the 2016 newly launched terrestrial cable route connecting China and Nepal via Jilong (Rasuwa) Gateway.

Over the years, China Telecom has been fully committed to developing terrestrial cable connecting to neighbouring countries. The new China-Nepal route is unprecedented as it is a new direct alternative route for traffic demand generated from Nepal to all over the world, and provides the highest quality service and low latency solution for end users in Nepal.

Ou Yan, Executive Vice President of CTG, said, “China Telecom is dedicated to expanding our footprint by connecting with neighbouring countries. The China-Nepal route could provide service to Nepal and transit service from India. China Telecom has put tremendous effort into building the route through the Himalayas. We are committed to delivering a state of the art route for Nepal Telecom.”

Kamini Rajbhandari, Managing Director of Nepal Telecom, said, “Nepal Telecom would benefit from an additional route for connectivity. We are confident that China Telecom would provide reliable service and are looking forward to establishing Nepal as a transit hub through this route.”

China Telecom Global Selects the Djibouti Data Center (DDC) as a Strategic Hub for Pan-African Expansion

Located in East Africa, the Djibouti Data Center (DDC) will support China Telecom and the SEA-ME-WE 5 submarine cable system to meet high-speed connectivity demands along the Belt and Road route.

HONG KONG, CHINA–(Marketwired – Dec 5, 2016) – China Telecom has selected the Djibouti Data Center (DDC) to help facilitate network expansion, co-location and submarine fiber cable access services in East Africa.

The Djibouti Data Center has been built to Tier III data center standards and serves as a major meeting point for submarine fiber cable systems including the new Southeast Asia-Middle East-Western Europe (SEA-ME-WE 5) submarine cable designed to connect Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Western Europe. China Telecom Global is a founding member of the consortium for SEA-ME-WE 5, which is expected to be ready for service in late 2016.

Mr. Liu Changhai, Managing Director of China Telecom (Africa and Middle East) Limited, a subsidiary of CTG, said, “The cooperation with DDC is a significant component of our overall commitment to contributing to the digital evolution and economic development of Africa. The addition of SEA-ME-WE 5 to CTG’s existing fiber cable assets in the region is a significant milestone that marks a new page for the company’s regional strategic planning in accordance to the Belt and Road Initiative. With our abundant and further expanded network resources, we can better serve our MNC clients and Carrier partners in Djibouti, Ethiopia and other countries in East Africa.”

The SEA-ME-WE 5 will span approximately 20,000kms and employ 100Gbps technology, with initial system capacity of 24 terabits to provide customers with low-latency and direct connectivity. It will further enhance the diversity and agility in the growing demand for Asia, Africa, Middle East and Western Europe routes around the world.

The system is designed as a multiregional super highway, and will connect Djibouti with China, via 18 landing points located in Singapore, Pakistan, UAE, Oman, Egypt, Italy, France and etc.

Mr. Anthony Voscarides, Chief Executive Officer of Djibouti Data Center, said: “The addition of the SEA-ME-WE 5 cable system further establishes DDC as the leading carrier-neutral data center hub in East Africa serving global and regional telecommunication companies, MNOs, ISPs and CDN providers.”

Mr. Voscarides added: “We are very pleased that CTG will be joining the DDC ecosystem, as it further enables the development and introduction of new services that will help drive economic and social well-being in the region.”

The DDC is uniquely positioned in East Africa and will enable China Telecom Global to establish cross-connect and co-location facilities directly adjacent to Djibouti Telecom’s cable landing stations.

In addition to supporting SEA-ME-WE 5 in the near future, the DDC provides access to fiber-cable systems such as AAE 1, EIG, EASSy, Aden-Djibouti and Ethiopia-Djibouti.

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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FIA Futures & Options Expo I Chicago, IL | Thanks for meeting us! October 18-20, 2016

China Telecom Americas is exhibiting at booth #1315 at FIA Futures & Options Expo from October 18-20, 2016. Join us and connect with business leaders, industry stakeholders and top regulators over three days of engaging programming!

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The Growth of Personal Clouds in China

In the Chinese IT industry, cloud storage seems to have taken center stage. Read more about their cloud market and the changes they face.

Despite the current economic and political challenges facing China, there is still some optimism in its IT sector. Over the last few years, cloud storage seems to have taken center stage in the Chinese IT industry. What started with pervasive and rapid internet growth has exploded as more people gain access to mobile devices. Personal cloud has sprung up to serve an insatiable need for sufficient storage and data sharing points for mobile users. Behind the boom lies a growing level of attention from both China and the international players.

The size of the cloud market

In 2014, the cloud computing products raised about $4 billion, contributing to approximately 5% of its IT industry, and hence lower than the global spending of about 11%. iiMedia Research group expected the number of active personal cloud users to hit 450 million, from 380 million in 2014. Based on CTA estimation, the Chinese spending on private cloud is expected to hit $2.57 billion in 2017 and enjoy a 30.7% growth in the next five years. While the rates manifest the public willingness to embrace the new storage platform, most popular platforms are yet to reach mainland China.

The key drivers of personal cloud market

While the topic seems to have missed the media headlines, it is driving force behind the Chinese dwindling economy and widening political issues. Private cloud users are keen on some features that come with the platform such as 10 TB storage capacity, fast sharing, high-security measures, and accessibility to all devices. Nonetheless, the service providers are keen to further innovations to win the ever-growing market.

The challenges

By the virtue of its size, every technology vendor hopes to grasp a share of the coveted market. They will have to deal with several hurdles if they are going to make significant progress in the market. For instance, they will have to deal with low internet speeds that stand at about 4MBS compared to the US average of about 11MBPS. In addition, a 14% access to fixed line broadband and 21% mobile broadband means the country is largely unexploited.

Unlike other international players, the Chinese personal cloud services allow users to share information raising concerns among the regulators. In a bid to clean the sector, the national authorities embarked on a drive to purge illegal content from the internet, which saw the exit of six primary services. The absence of a clear business model to drive the firms into prosperity stands the way between companies and profitability.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Second upgrade of Trans Pacific Express (TPE) cable will strengthen capacity between USA and China

China Telecom Americas recently announced that the second upgrade of Trans Pacific Express (TPE) cable network has passed Provisional Network Acceptance (PNA) and is now ready for service. All parties engaged in the upgrade can put their relative capacity into commercial service.

The TPE cable is a submarine cable system which officially started its commercial service in 2008 with multiple landing stations located across Mainland China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan and the United States. Designed to directly link both sides of the Pacific, the TPE has been widely recognized by global enterprises as the first choice for a low latency transmission route between China and the USA.

Beginning in 2014, the second upgrade in the TPE cable’s lifecycle introduced 100 Gb/s DWDM technology, which significantly increased the capacity to 9.6 Tb/s in the trans-Pacific segment and to 17.2 Tb/s in the Intra-Asia segment. China Telecom assets include 10×100 Gb/s bandwidth across the trans-Pacific segment and 4×100 Gb/s bandwidth in intra-Asia segment according to the configuration of the latest upgrade.

With the added capacity of China-US bandwidth brought by the completion of the upgrade, the TPE cable network will effectively meet the rapidly surging demand for low latency Trans-Pacific network solutions for years to come, as well as satisfy demands across Intra-Asia and the China-Japan-US networks.

The following is a detailed distribution of China Telecom’s capacity:

Trans-Pacific Routes- No. of 100G Waves

  • T1-T5 Qingdao-US 4
  • T2-T5 Korea-US 1
  • T3-T5 Taiwan-US 1
  • T4-T5 Chongming-US 4

Intra-Asia Routes No. of 100G Waves

  • T1-T2 Qingdao- Korea 1
  • T3-T4 Chongming – Taiwan 1
  • T1-T6 Qingdao -Japan 1
  • T4-T6 Chongming -Japan 1

China Telecom taps Nokia for 4G network expansion

Herndon, VA – August 12, 2016 – Nokia and China Telecom have signed an agreement to expand the deployment of 4G technology in 19 provinces in China. By expanding the radio access network, China Telecom plans to meet growing subscriber demand with ubiquitous 4G coverage and faster internet access, as well as improve access in urban and suburban areas. The agreement with Nokia also lays the foundation for China Telecom’s planned launch of VoLTE services in 2017.

Under the terms of the contract, Nokia is deploying its 4G technology in 19 provinces in China, namely Shanghai, Jiangsu, Shandong, Zhejiang, Hunan, Hubei, Guangxi, Fujian, Jiangxi, Shaanxi, Heilongjiang, Hebei, Henan, Sichuan, Anhui, Liaoning, Guizhou, Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia. The roll-out includes Nokia’s Flexi MultiRadio 10 base stations.

Nokia will also provide its Global Services, including project management, network design and installation, as well as Care hardware and software maintenance services. Nokia optimization experts will use Nokia NetAct to upgrade the performance of the network for subscribers.

China Telecom ended June with 207 million mobile subscribers, of which 90 million are 4G device users, which represents an increase of more than 31 million during the first six months of 2016. Last year the company saw 4G traffic increase by more than six times, and it is predicted to account for more than 90 percent of mobile data traffic on the network by 2017.

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.