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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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Xiaomi, China Telecom Ally on Smart Home, Handset Sales

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

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

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

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

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

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

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China Telecom Americas, a wholly-owned US-based subsidiary of China Telecom Corp. Ltd., is an international telecom provider for Data, IP and Voice Wholesale services to multinational companies, organizations and international carriers requiring China domestic services and International access to China & Asia Pacific.

With headquarters in Herndon, Virginia, and offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, New York, San Jose, and subsidiaries in Toronto, Canada, and Sao Paolo, Brazil, China Telecom Americas continues to expand its strength and reach.

China Telecom Americas provides locally based, one-stop-shop, turnkey solutions for everything from China domestic and international data circuits to IDC services, network management, equipment management, system integration, and much more.

For additional information on China Telecom Americas, please visit www.ctamericas.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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China Telecom Americas, a wholly-owned US-based subsidiary of China Telecom Corp. Ltd., is an international telecom provider for Data, IP and Voice Wholesale services to multinational companies, organizations and international carriers requiring China domestic services and International access to China & Asia Pacific.

With headquarters in Herndon, Virginia, and offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, New York, San Jose, and subsidiaries in Toronto, Canada, and Sao Paolo, Brazil, China Telecom Americas continues to expand its strength and reach.

China Telecom Americas provides locally based, one-stop-shop, turnkey solutions for everything from China domestic and international data circuits to IDC services, network management, equipment management, system integration, and much more.

For additional information on China Telecom Americas, please visit www.ctamericas.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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China Telecom has big US plan

January 15, 2016 – An emerging player in the US mobile space is quietly expanding its user base by tailoring its services to the Chinese population. China Telecom Global launched CTExcel – its US mobile service – in May, making the telecommunications giant the first Chinese mobile virtual-network operator in the US.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

China Telecom has big US plan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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