China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology issued licenses for the TD-LTE standard to the country's three carriers, China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom. The granting of the licenses could pave the way for Apple's iPhone 5s and 5c to fnally land on China Mobile.
Huawei, according to various media reports, is going to exit the U.S. network equipment market. Their decision follows disputes between China and the U.S., which says that the vendor poses a security threat to the United States.
Qualcomm said China's National Development and Reform Commission started a probe related to an anti-monopoly law (AML) in the country. Analysts said the investigation could be an attempt to slow Qualcomm's business in the world's largest smartphone market.
China's Tsinghua Unigroup is not a well-known brand in the West, but its recent acquisition spree could make it a much more significant player among fabless chip companies targeting the feature phone and smartphone sectors.
In Asia-Pacific, TD-LTE networks will cover more than 53 per cent of the population by 2018, according to a new report from ABI Research.
A senior Huawei executive said it may take a decade to clear up the national security and cybersecurity concerns lawmakers have with the Chinese vendor because the company is held to a "higher bar."
Smartphone shipments in China are expected to grow by more than a quarter in 2014 compared to the expected shipments in 2013, according to research firm IDC. The research house thinks that growth will be driven by the launch of TD-LTE networks and Apple's expected deal with China Mobile.
China Mobile has finally confirmed its selection of vendors for its first TD-LTE contracts, which are believed to be worth around 20 billion yuan ($3.27 billion, or €2.41 billion).
Hugo Barra, Google's former vice president of Android product management, said he leapt at the chance to join Chinese phone manufacturer Xiaomi and help expand the brand internationally. It was an opportunity that had been developing for about a year, and when the time came to make a decision about whether to leave Google, it was one that Barra said he couldn't give up.
China Telecom may have jumped the gun. On Sina's Weibo microblog, the No. 3 Chinese carrier posted a page for advance orders for the iPhone 5S and 5C, which Apple is widely expected to announce at a media Tuesday at its headquarters in Cupertino, Calif.