IoT and Tech Use Cases in China to Fight COVID-19 (Telemedicine/Healthcare)

With more than 700,000 people worldwide affected by the coronavirus, we as a global community face a pandemic unlike anything any of us has ever seen.  During this time, China Telecom’s and China Telecom Americas’ primary focus has been the safety and well-being of our employees, colleagues, and communities around the world.

As one of the world’s foremost providers of integrated communications and information technology services, however, China Telecom cannot overlook the potential that its technology can play against this invisible enemy that has now stretched to every corner of the globe. China Telecom sees connectivity as an effective means for providing healthcare to the millions of people living in remote areas where individualized medical attention is not possible or economically feasible.

While full and comprehensive healthcare most often requires in-person care, telemedicine can be incredibly effective during the initial phases of diagnosing and treating illness and injury. It can also be a powerful training tool for local healthcare workers to increase their ability to provide the localized care required to identify and stop the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19.

While connectivity is the logical component of telemedicine based on its ability to conduct teleconsultations and videoconferencing, China Telecom believes that the application of other technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), can also play an important role in improving care globally.

Connecting Globally, Thinking Locally

As the largest subsidiary of China Telecom, it is impossible for China Telecom Americas to look at a global issue such as COVID-19 without considering the implications and opportunities locally in China; an area that is well-suited to provide a telemedicine use case that the world can follow.

China combines a vast geographic area, an aging population, and a lack of infrastructure outside of its major metropolitan areas that would lead one to question its ability to create a blueprint of effective telemedicine that can be replicated in other markets.

Despite these challenges, China has several compelling attributes, such as pervasive mobile broadband, an abundance of talent and technical innovation, and governmental support, which combine to create optimism around how technology can be applied to improve healthcare.

In response to the recent pandemic, there have been several examples of how China Telecom has leveraged technology to serve the greater good.  Some of these examples include:

  • Working to deliver China’s first 5G remote diagnosis of new coronavirus pneumonia using advanced 5G technology with the high bandwidth and low latency required to improve diagnosis and treatment.
  • The use of the China Telecom network to aid in the rollout of online learning programs to support students across China who are not allowed to meet in their usual manner. This has been implemented across all levels of education from primary and middle students to the more than 563 undergraduate courses offered being offered by Peking University that utilize online video, group chats and live streaming.
  • Outside of illnesses related to COVID-19, patients are being treated for a variety of other ailments – both physical and psychological – by doctors and institutions who understand the desire of the public to avoid hospitals as they practice social distancing.
  • The launch of the “5G + Cloud + AI” pneumonia intelligent auxiliary analysis system that improves the accuracy of virus detection and shortens the time of CT scanning. Early data shows that the system can control the reading time within 1 minute through the AI ​​algorithm, with detection accuracy greater than 90% which represents a significant improvement in the efficiency of epidemic diagnosis and treatment.
  • The establishment of the “5G AIoT Anti-epidemic Resumption Solution Online Launch Conference,” focused on exploring how to apply the Internet of Things, 5G, AI and further cloud and network integration to prevent and control epidemics.
  • The use of location data from consumer mobile devices to help identify the travel patterns of carriers of the COVID-19 virus.

While these represent only a handful of the efforts underway, we are confident that use cases like these will ignite further innovation around how technology can be applied to improve healthcare, to control the spread of this virus, and to prevent future outbreaks.

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

With headquarters in Herndon, Virginia, and offices in Chicago, 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.

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Building the Right Content Delivery Network (CDN) for Consistent Edge Performance in China

The Chinese market for content consumption is massive.  More than 802 million citizens are now actively using the internet.

For the first time, adults in China now spend significantly more time with digital media than with traditional media.  The average citizen spends 3 hours and 54 minutes with digital, representing more than 58 percent of their time with digital media.

Taking advantage of this large and growing appetite for content in China can be tricky if you don’t choose the right Content Delivery Network (CDN) provider.

Content Delivery Networks (CDN) In China

Distributing content to users in China is not the same as it is in many other places worldwide.

Implemented in 2006, the Golden Shield Project established a complex filtering system for online content.  Websites are required to be licensed and content must adhere to Chinese regulations.

Working with a provider that is licensed in China is crucial to overcoming some of the challenges Chinese regulations create.  You want to work with a CDN provider that has experience working with Chinese regulatory agencies and a strong understanding of what is acceptable.  Make sure they are a licensed Network operator and can help you with following the right steps for Internet Content Provider (ICP) registration administered by the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).

Without this license, storing, caching, or delivering content within China is not allowed.  CDNs must be licensed even if they deliver content from outside of China.  If they are located outside of the country, however, they can face significant hurdles to delivery.

Global CDNs will deliver content anywhere in the world.  They will have servers throughout the world to provide low latency and fast online delivery.  However, not all CDNs are registered for content delivery to Chinese internet users.  If you choose to work with a global CDN, you need to make sure they partner with Chinese CDN providers licensed to do business in the country.

Be careful of CDNs located in Hong Kong.  While content may be delivered using servers outside the mainland, Hong Kong’s networks are separate from mainland China.  Performance can be greatly reduced, and some content may be blocked.

China Edge Delivery

Companies that are not able to secure an ICP license to deliver content from inside China may still be able to provide content by using an Edge Delivery infrastructure.  Content can be cached from servers in the region and then connected to exchanges the provide IP-peering to networks within China.

This bypasses the requirement for an ICP license as long as you work with Edge network providers like China Telecom that are licensed.

Important Factors To Consider

Here are some of the other important factors you should consider if you want to deliver content to Chinese consumers.

Fast Online Speeds

You need a CDN that is highly responsive and fast.

Online performance can dictate whether someone engages with your content or moves on to something else.  40 percent of internet users will abandon websites that take more than three seconds to load.  Even a delay of as little as one second in response can reduce conversions by 7%.

You will also want to make sure your CDN provider allows for dynamic acceleration.  This will allow dynamic data and content delivered from servers to bypass standard Chinese internet nodes and deliver through a more direct path.  This increased efficiency speeds up delivery and reduces latency.

CDNs that have a presence in China often achieve speeds 50 percent greater than those using servers outside of China.

Optimized For Mobile

Government improvement in developing rural infrastructure has increased mobile usage by older adults.  Mobile usage itself has increased and now represents 98 percent of internet users.  Your CDN should optimize delivery performance for mobile.

Distributed Content Delivery Network (CDN)

A CDN that can efficiently deliver content throughout China will have PoPs (Points of Presence) dispersed throughout mainland China.  While they may have prominent positions in large metro areas, they should also have PoPs closer to rural areas.

Congestion can occur at chokepoints between China’s largest ISPs due to the sheer volume of traffic, so be sure to know what network your end-users subscribe to in order to make sure you deliver a fully on-net user-experience that avoids chokepoint congestion between peering partners.   ChinaNet (AS 4134) is the largest internet network in China in terms of eye-balls so using China Mobile or China Unicom to deliver website content on ChinaNet could negatively impact performance and availability for your ChinaNet users.

Efficient Delivery Of Video Programming

84% of Chinese residents report they watch video programming at least occasionally, according to a study by Nielsen. 75% say they watch on-demand video content at least once a week.  That’s more video consumption than any other country in the world.

Meeting this significant and growing appetite for online streaming and video content means selecting a CDN that can manage large volumes of traffic efficiently.

The Fastest Growing Online Market In The World

China is the fastest growing and potentially largest online market in the world.  Failing to work with the right CDN provider can limit access to your content or potentially lead to it being blocked completely.

If you need a reliable CDN provider in China with owned Tier-1 network infrastructure for more consistent edge performance and premium user-experience in China,  read more about China Telecom’s CDN solutions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Notes to Editors

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

Sharktech Adds China Telecom CN2 to Los Angeles Network Offering

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

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

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Sharktech, since 2003, has been a leader in DDoS-protected datacenter solutions. Operating out of four global datacenters, Sharktech’s in-house developed DDoS protection reliably scrubs DDoS traffic on-site for reliable and stable hosting. Sharktech’s DDoS protection comes standard with all hosted services—up to 40 Gbps and is upgradeable to 100 Gbps—and can be applied remotely to protect any internet service, anywhere. Sharktech’s 1.1 Tbps network is home to more than 450,000 websites.

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Keysight Technologies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

China Telecom adds 5G base stations

China Telecom has announced they 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.

Last month, the Chinese government kicked off the third phase of 5G technology research and development tests. China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said the third phase of technical tests aims to get pre-commercial products ready for when the first version of 5G standard comes out in June next year.

China recently completed the second phase of 5G tests. The Asian nation established the IMT-2020 development group in 2013 in a move to foster the development of 5G technologies. The IMT-2020 Promotion Group completed the initial phase of its trial program in 2016. That phase included testing wireless technologies including massive multiple-input-multiple-output, novel multiple access, new waveforms, advance coding, ultra-dense network implementations and high-frequency communications. The trial phase also included network slicing, edge computing and network function reconstruction.

To view the full article visit RCR Wireless

China Telecom Is Building a MEC Network for a Refinery

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

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

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

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

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

To view the full article, visit SDX Central

China Telecom 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.”

To view original article, please visit BW CIO World

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

With headquarters in Herndon, Virginia, and offices in Chicago, 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, 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.

Read original article on South China Morning Post

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