Chinese equipment manufacturer Huawei reported strong growth in global mobile phone shipments and revenue in the first half of 2015, with smartphone revenue in China more than doubling from the year-ago level.
Apple's continued strength in smartphones will likely produce stronger year-over-year iPhone sales in the second quarter, according to analysts. However, as China's economy slows amid a slide in the stock market there, Apple's sales could take a hit.
Just as Huawei touted its contributions to the European 5G Public Private Partnership (5G-PPP) initiative, it announced a string of 4.5G and 5G-related achievements, including one in which it will deploy new services based on 4.5G for the Shanghai Disney Resort and China Unicom Shanghai.
What's behind Apple's reported decision to press its suppliers to manufacture between 85 million and 90 million units combined of two new iPhone models by the end of the year? China could be a major factor.
Huawei is working with Google to develop a new Nexus-branded smartphone that showcases Google's new Android M software, according to a report from The Information.
Service providers' ongoing movement to deploy fiber-to-the-premises services is helping drive up FTTx optical component revenues. A new Ovum report forecasts that FTTx optical components revenue will exceed $1 billion this year, up from $953 million in 2014. The research firm said that the demand for PON equipment--particularly optical line terminals (OLTs) and optical network terminals (ONT)--from aggressive carriers in China are driving the FTTx optics market to "record levels."
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., the global counterpart to e-tail giant Amazon, is adding subscription video on demand to its expansive fold, with plans to launch Tmall Box Office (TBO) in China within two months.
In reporting its most recent financial results, Lenovo said it will need to rework its smartphone strategy in its native China amid a slowing and saturating market there, but pointed to stronger sales through its Motorola Mobility brand.
Is Netflix going to China? Investors certainly hope so, as reports that the SVOD service is in talks with Chinese online video providers, including BesTV New Media and Wasu Media Holdings, sent its stock skyrocketing over $600.
Qualcomm is seeking to mend fences in China, the world's largest smartphone market, by launching a new unit aimed at helping Chinese smartphone makers sell overseas.