China Mobile is reportedly planning to stop expanding its Wi-Fi network after deploying 4.3 million hotspots at a cost of around $2.75 billion because the operator is finding that the network is uneconomic.
Lots of companies are partnering up to figure out what 5G is and how it will be deployed. One of the newest collaborations is between test-and-measurement vendor Agilent Technologies and China Mobile Communications Research Institute (CMRI), the R&D arm of the world's largest mobile operator.
China's three largest mobile operators are thinking about creating a joint venture to deploy base station network infrastructure, though no deal has been reached. China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom will continue to talk about the JV, according to separate filings the companies made to the Hong Kong stock exchange.
One of the hottest industry acronyms these days is C-RAN, which is dominating the advanced wireless markets of Asia, where fiber is abundant and high population densities make the architecture fiscally beneficial. But proponents of the technology believe it could eventually spread across the globe.
The European Commission has dropped its threat to launch an investigation over alleged dumping by Chinese mobile equipment manufacturers, although the European Union's (EU) executive body said it still needs more time to determine if an investigation into illegal subsidies is required.
.ZTE reported a net profit for all of 2013 thanks to the strength of its LTE network projects. This is a welcome change of pace for the company, which posted its first ever yearly loss for 2012.
Network functions virtualization (NFV) will be all the rage at next week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. To that end, both Alcatel-Lucent and Huawei are taking the opportunity to make cases for using their respective NFV solutions in mobile networks.
Ericsson and Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) continue to make headway in the Asia-Pacific region after the equipment manufacturers completed tests of advanced LTE services for Telstra and China Mobile respectively.
AT&T's CEO Randall Stephenson has reportedly made use of the World Economic Forum in Davos to discuss various regulatory issues with European regulators including M&A, although on Monday the US operator denied rumours that it intends to made a bid for Vodafone.
Apple's main iPhone supplier Foxconn shipped 1.4 million iPhone 5s units to China Mobile last week, according to the Wall Street Journal, in anticipation of China Mobile's Jan. 17 launch of the iPhone for the first time.