China Telecom Will Achieve 800M Complete Coverage, Launch Pre-commercial VoLTE in 2017

China Telecom plans to lead device in China and promote innovation and 4G development in order to expand mobile business in 2017, according to Wang Guoquan, GM of China Telecom’s marketing department.

In 2017 China Telecom will develop more than 10 million mobile subscribers monthly on average and totally shift 3G subscribers to 4G, while 4G data traffic will notch up an increase over 50%. Nearly 120 million handsets are estimated to be sold in 2017.

The operator will upgrade the network to realize full coverage of 800M, and conduct the pre-commercial plan of VoLTE.

SEA-ME-WE 5 Submarine Cable at the Global Carrier Awards

The consortium that developed the Southeast Asia-Middle East- Western Europe (SEA-ME-WE 5) submarine cable has won the Project of the Year – Subsea Award at the Global Carrier Awards in Paris on November 8, 2016.

The award recognizes the SEA-ME-WE-5 Submarine Cable System & Consortium’s strong industry commitment, financial stability and technical know-how in developing one of the most ambitious and successful cable projects.

The 20,000-km SEA-ME-WE 5 cable system, spanning over 16 countries from Southeast Asia to Western Europe, is a technological breakthrough which marks a global communications milestone. It is designed with a capacity of 24 Terabits per second on 3- fibre pairs, fully capable of accommodating the future demand of data from other bandwidth-intensive applications such as enterprise data exchange, internet TV and online gaming.

When it is ready for service by the end of 2016, the SEA-ME-WE 5 cables’ advanced 100Gbps technology is expected to meet the quadrupling of bandwidth demand between Europe and Asia, providing the lowest latency and further enhancing the network diversity and resilience to the heavily loaded Asia to Europe route. In contrast with other submarine cable systems, the SEA-ME-WE 5’s main endpoints are carrier-neutral/open Points-of- Presence (PoPs) and not just Cable Landing Stations (CLS).

Over the past 11 years, the Global Carrier Awards have become the biggest and most prestigious awards event in the wholesale telecoms calendar. This year’s event was attended by more than 380 attendees. A record number of over 200 entries were submitted for this year’s awards. The winners were decided by a panel of over 20 judges, which include leading analysts, industry experts and Capacity’s senior editorial team. They were aided by a new scoring system, which was refined to ensure that the shortlisting and winners decisions remained objective and transparent.

Members of the SEA-ME-WE 5 Consortium:

Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited (BSCCL), China Telecom Global (CTG), China Mobile International (CMI), China United Network Communications Group Company Limited (CU), Djibouti Telecom (DT), Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (du), Myanmar Post and Telecom (MPT), Ooredoo, Orange, PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (Telin), Saudi Telecom Company (STC), Singapore Telecommunications Ltd (Singtel), Sparkle, Sri Lanka Telecom PLC (SLT), Telecom Egypt (TE), Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM), TeleYemen, Turk Telekom International (TTI) and Trans World Associates (Pvt) Limited Pakistan (TWA)

Investment in OpenStack Accelerates as Foundation Welcomes China Telecom, Inspur and ZTE as Gold Members

AUSTIN, Texas- The Board of Directors of the OpenStack Foundation approved China Telecom, Inspur and ZTE as the newest Gold Members, supporting strategic opportunities in public cloud, telecom networks and the rapidly growing Chinese market. All three new Gold Members demonstrate the massive scale and opportunity for OpenStack in China, collectively managing millions of servers and contributing code and knowledge to the OpenStack community.

The vote was taken during the November 17 Board Meeting and follows the approval of four new Gold Members at the October Board Meeting, all of which will bring new investment and resources to complement the ranks of technology vendors and users in the community. The Board evaluates new potential members based on their strategic commitment to OpenStack, contributions to the community, and diversity of company size, location and industry.

China Telecom is one of the largest mobile carriers in the world with more than 500 million subscribers and 300 datacenters, and the company is currently migrating its CloudStack deployment to OpenStack. Inspur has more than 9.8 billion USD in annual revenue and manages hundreds of thousands of servers. ZTE is a global leader in telecommunications and information technology and was a top 15 contributor to the latest OpenStack Newton software release.

“OpenStack is truly a global community, with nearly 650 companies supporting the project in 187 countries,” said Jonathan Bryce, executive director of the OpenStack Foundation. “The investment and commitment of these seven new Gold Members underscores the global growth and evolution of OpenStack, with projects of massive scale serving millions of end users in China and other markets worldwide.”

Foundation membership is limited to eight Platinum Members and 24 Gold Members. In addition to the three new Gold Members elected at the November Board meeting on Thursday, Gold members for 2017 are 99cloud, Aptira, CCAT, China Mobile, Cisco, City Network, Dell EMC, Deutsche Telekom, DreamHost, EasyStack, Ericsson, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Huawei, inwinSTACK, Juniper Networks, Mirantis, NEC, NetApp, Symantec and UnitedStack.

China Telecom expands to Texas

China Telecom Americas (CTA) has opened an office in Dallas to handle the United States’ increasing presence of Chinese companies.

Zhao Hui, Vice President of China Telecom Americas, said that the company primarily focused on serving American companies when it first came to the U.S. in 2000. Beginning in 2013, CTA established up a team to concentrate on serving Chinese companies.

“In the past three years, our business has been growing at 60 percent a year,” said Zhao. “We provide comprehensive ICT services to some of the major Chinese companies in the U.S., including Bank of China and Fuyao Glass America, which produces a quarter of its auto glass in the U.S. In the past three years, our business has been growing at 60 percent a year.”

CTA’s CTExcel carrier service has signed up more than 50,000 customers in the U.S. in a little more than a year, said Zhao. Its service package offers dual sim cards with a U.S. number and a China number, plus free minutes between China and the U.S. The service has been very popular among Chinese students studying in the U.S. and business people who travel a lot between China and the States.

“Our numbers show that there are more than 300,000 Chinese university students and scholars in the U.S. If counting primary schools, the number is as high as 450,000. There are many opportunities,” said Sun Feng, CTA’s mobile business director. In Houston, there are five CTExcel retail stores, with more to come, he said.

CTA has provided service for many high-level visits to the U.S. by Chinese government officials, such as Chinese President Xi Jinping’s 2015 state visit and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s recent visit to the United Nations.

The opening event was co-hosted by the Houston chapter of China General Chamber of Commerce U.S.A (CGCC), with scores of executives attending from Chinese companies, many of them CTA’s corporate customers.

Li Shaolin, president of the chamber’s Houston chapter, welcomed China Telecom Americas to Texas and as a new member to the local chapter.

“Our chapter has grown from 39 to 70 in a little over a year. Our goal is to increase it to 80 by August next year. We plan to add associate membership and admit U.S. companies to further benefit our member’s business collaboration,” he said.

Li Qiangmin, China’s consul general in Houston, said that competition in the U.S. telecom market is very fierce, but that CTA’s business strategy in the U.S. reflects its confidence in expanding its international business. With more Chinese and businesses coming to Texas, “CTA’s Texas office will surely bring new growth to the company,” he said.

Shenzhen to become a ‘Gigaband City’ through China Telecom and Huawei collaboration

AUGUST 15 2016- Through a cooperation framework agreement, China Telecom and Huawei plan to deliver gigabit connectivity to Shenzhen, China, to make it a “Gigaband City.” The effort will deliver 1-Gbps connectivity through fiber-optic networks to drive economic and social development, transforming Shenzhen into a benchmark smart city.

The rapid urbanization spurred by population growth places enormous pressure on cities’ public transportation, healthcare, waste management, and power grid systems. Several cities have sought to become “smart cities” to keep pace with expectations for high-quality services and more efficient systems that ensure better safety and sustainability for the future. These smart cities promise to deliver ubiquitous high-definition surveillance, large-capacity distributed cloud data centers, real-time HD telemedicine, and online education opportunities – all requiring higher-speed connectivity.

China Telecom and Huawei say that Shenzhen is the first city in China to propose a “Gigaband City” approach through large-scale deployment of next-generation optical line terminals and next-generation passive optical networks (NG-PONs) to deliver the necessary 1 Gbps coverage for communities and access to more than 900,000 homes. China Telecom and Huawei have partnered to deploy this capability over the next five years.

“China Telecom is dedicated to accelerating Shenzhen’s broadband network capabilities and, together with Huawei, we aim to rapidly transform into an ultra-fast landscape,” says Li Pengfel, general manager of China Telecom. “This will enable Shenzhen to keep pace with consumer demand for new Internet applications, such as ultra-broadband video, VR [virtual reality] and AR, gigaband campus and smart homes. We believe a Gigaband city will also foster digital economy innovation in Shenzhen and establish Shenzhen as an oasis for inventors.”

In addition to improved services for residence, the collaborators also will provide expand services to governments and enterprises via passive optical LANs, “gigaband hotels” and “Optical + Cloud” applications. Through this collaboration, China Telecom and Huawei plan to jointly define standards for a gigaband city, providing guidance and reference for this new emerging space.


Press Contact

Ryan Oklewicz
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China Telecom Americas
Office: (703) 787-0088

China Telecom Wins Finance Asia’s “Best Telecommunications Company in Asia” Award

Hong Kong – May 26, 2016 – China Telecom Corporation Limited (“China Telecom” or “the Company”; HKEx: 00728; NYSE: CHA) won two Platinum Awards, namely “Best Telecommunications Company in Asia” and “Best Company in China”, by FinanceAsia, a reputable financial magazine in Asia. FinanceAsia’s Platinum Awards honoured institutions and corporations in Asia which have consistently provided quality and innovation to their clients over the past 20 years.

In addition, FinanceAsia conducts “Asia’s Best Companies” poll every year which invites portfolio managers and equity analysts to vote for the best managed companies in Asia. In its 2016 China country poll, China Telecom swept the following six awards:

No. 1 Best Managed Company
No. 2 Best CEO
No. 1 Best CFO
No. 1 Most Committed to Corporate Governance
No. 1 Best Investor Relations
No. 1 Best Corporate Social Responsibility

The poll this year received votes from more than a hundred of portfolio managers and analysts who ranked companies in Asia based on the criteria including overall management, corporate governance, investor relations and corporate social responsibility.

The excellent recognition marks the endorsement by the investment community for their appreciation on China Telecom’s continuous and consistent outstanding management performance and corporate governance with high regards for its strong execution capability and the leading standard of transparency among companies in Asia. China Telecom would like to sincerely thank its investors and the investment community for their kind and long-term support and the great vote of confidence.

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China Telecom Corporation Limited
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