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Telefonica’s recently-formed Digital unit is collaborating with China Unicom to develop machine-to-machine (M2M) platforms and technical specifications.
 
In one of the first deals by the new business division Telefonica will seek to improve efficiency

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Apple endured mixed fortunes this week, with record iPhone 4S sales offset by lower than expected earnings for the third quarter.

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OvumTelecom and media convergence is underway in China. Trials are being carried out in 12 cities. By 2013 nationwide convergence will be a reality, according to the target set by the State Council.

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China Unicom posted a 9% drop in first-half net profit, as the W-CDMA operator spent heavily on handset subsidies to attract more 3G users.
 
Net profit for the six months ended June 30 fell to 2.65 billion yuan ($414 million) from 2.92 billion yuan a year earlier, despite revenue rising 23% to 101.4 billion yuan.
 
Mobile revenue climbed 25%

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Mobile social networking is becoming a key driver of mobile data revenue in several fast-growing but low-ARPU markets in Asia Pacific, according to new research from Wireless Intelligence.

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China's NFC payment transaction values could surpass $8 billion by 2014, and operators will lead the charge to develop the market, according to projections.
 
ABI Research estimates that China will be one of the big mobile paym

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Former China Mobile executive Zhang Chunjiang has been handed a death sentence after being found guilty of taking bribes.
 
Zhang, the operator's former deputy general manager and Party committee secretary, was ruled to have taken 7.46 million yuan ($1.6 million) in bribes during his tenure at the operator.
 
The sentence has been suspende

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China Telecom, the smallest of China’s three mobile carriers, saw strong uptake of its 3G service in the second quarter due to the increased availability of entry-level smartphones.
 
During the three-month period from April to June, China Telecom registered 5.17 million new 3G subscribers, up 27% from the 4.08 million 3G users the operator added during the firs

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Alcatel-Lucent announced it will increase the efficiency and reach of China Unicom’s 3G network in over ten provinces to meet the rapidly rising demand for mobile broadband coverage in China.
 
This will ensure that high quality and widespread coverage are maintained for China Unicom’s customers as the number of subscribers rises.  The companie

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This was the week when Nokia was finally toppled from the top of the global smartphone market by Apple, amid a slew of second quarter results that reveal tough trading conditions for all.
 
Nokia yesterday confirmed it is no longer the market leader in smartphones, with shipments of 16.7 million units in 2Q11 some 3.64 million lower than Apple’s

Michael Carroll