& cplSiteName &

AsiaWatch: Unicom Preps iPhone Launch

Ray Le Maistre
9/28/2009
50%
50%

China Unicom Ltd. (NYSE: CHU) has had a busy start to the week with news of its impending iPhone launch and a share buyback, while there's 3G and revenue projection news from Thailand, expectations of lower mobile prices in South Korea, and a significant IPTV deal in Taiwan.

  • Having landed the deal to sell Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL)'s iconic device in China, Unicom today announced that the 3G iPhone will go on sale from October 1 (this Thursday) for 5,000 Yuan Renminbi (US$732.28), with service package prices ranging from RMB126 ($18.45) to RMB886 ($129.71), and handset subsidies ranging from RMB893 ($130.76) to RMB4,253 ($622.64). (See iPhone Heads to China.)

    The operator is also set to officially launch its 3G service Thursday, having spent most of this year rolling out its WCDMA network and connecting customers (430,000 3G handset users and 100,000 data card subscribers) to its trial network. (See Unicom Enters Third Phase and China Unicom Plans Massive Capex Hike.)

    Unicom, which recently strengthened its ties with Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF), also announced today that it is buying back the near 900 million shares (about 3.8 percent of Unicom's stock) currently owned by Korea's SK Telecom (Nasdaq: SKM) for about 10 billion Hong Kong dollars ($1.29 billion). (See China Unicom, Telefónica Strengthen Ties.)

  • In Thailand, True Corp. plc , which offers fixed and mobile services, is feeling the pinch from the economic downturn, and expects its full year revenues to increase by less than 5 percent, reports Reuters.

    Meanwhile, the country's National Telecommunications Commission has unveiled plans to hold an auction of 3G spectrum in December, according to Reuters, but it's clear that the process faces opposition, as this Bangkok Post story reveals.

  • South Korea's three mobile operators -- SK Telecom, KT Corp. , and LG Telecom -- are to lower their tariffs as part of a government initiative to cut costs for households, Reuters reports.

  • Telco TV systems and services firm Broadband Network Systems Ltd. (BNS) has won a five-year deal with in-building broadband service provider Max Media to provide IPTV services to multi-tenant residential buildings, commercial offices, and hotels in Taiwan. The vendor estimates the deal will be worth US$34 million over the five-year duration. BNS is already active in Taiwan, having landed a deal with national operator Chunghwa Telecom Co. Ltd. (NYSE: CHT) to develop an interactive shopping channel for the carrier's IPTV service. (See BNS, Chunghwa Team Up and BNS's IPTV App Adds a Legacy Touch.)

    Find out more about developments in the Asia/Pacific IPTV market at TelcoTV Asia, a two-day event to be staged in Shanghai, October 13 and 14.

    — Ray Le Maistre, International News Editor, Light Reading

    (0)  | 
    Comment  | 
    Print  | 
  • Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
    From The Founder
    Cisco's Conrad Clemson, recently promoted to head up the company's Service Provider Apps & Platforms developments, talks to Light Reading's Founder and CEO Steve Saunders about how he's bringing cloud video, mobile and virtualization together to empower network operators.
    Flash Poll
    Live Streaming Video
    Charting the CSP's Future
    Six different communications service providers join to debate their visions of the future CSP, following a landmark presentation from AT&T on its massive virtualization efforts and a look back on where the telecom industry has been and where it's going from two industry veterans.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Turkcell Challenges Turkey's Current TV Market

    3|29|17   |     |   (0) comments


    Baris Zavaroglu, TV and rntertainment business director of Turkcell, explains Turkcell's strategy in elevating the small and uncertain TV market in Turkey.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Altibox’s Infrastructure Synergy Strategy Reduces Deployment Costs

    3|29|17   |     |   (0) comments


    Thomas Skjelbred, CEO of Altibox, on how to improve efficiency and reduce deployment coast through infrastructure synergy in Norway.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Ismail Butun on the Changing Role of Turkcell

    3|29|17   |     |   (0) comments


    Ismail Butun, chief marketing officer of Turkcell, explains the importance of video and mobile services for the future of the company.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    IDC's Emir Halilovic on Trends of Cloudification

    3|29|17   |     |   (0) comments


    Emir Halilovic of IDC CEMA discusses the future and direction of cloudification. Also, the all-cloud approach taken by Huawei and others in the industry.
    LRTV Custom TV
    How Intel Is Powering the 5G Era

    3|29|17   |     |   (0) comments


    Light Reading tours a series of 5G "super demos" so see how Intel envisions the 5G-connected future. We take a look at a prototype connected BMW, a light pole with environmental sensors that provides 5G wireless to a smart home and a fully untethered virtual reality experience.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Source Photonics CEO Doug Wright Talks About the Future of Source Photonics

    3|29|17   |     |   (0) comments


    Source Photonics' CEO, Doug Wright, talks to Light Reading about how the company is continuously investing in its operations to meet not only its customers' current technology demands but also to deliver their next-generation technology needs.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Live Demo: DevOps in Service Chains & 5G Network Slices PoC

    3|29|17   |     |   (0) comments


    Executives from PoC collaborating companies – Patrick Waldemar, VP and Head of Technology at Telenor Research, John Healy, VP of the Datacenter Network Solutions Group at Intel, Vincent Spinelli, SVP of Global Sales and Marketing at RIFT.io, Mats Eriksson, CEO and co-founder of Arctos Labs, and Mats Nordlund, CEO and co-founder of Netrounds – review ...
    LRTV Documentaries
    The Year of Fat & Skinny Bundles

    3|29|17   |   21:06   |   (0) comments


    In this fireside chat, Roku's Andrew Ferrone predicts that 2017 will be the year of multichannel OTT video bundles and spells out other trends in the OTT and pay-TV markets.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    BBWF 2016: Orange Poland's Next-Gen Central Office

    3|28|17   |     |   (0) comments


    Introduction to Orange Poland's legacy next-generation central office solution.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Viavi at OFC 2017

    3|28|17   |   4:15   |   (0) comments


    Light Reading's Editor-in-Chief Craig Matsumoto reports from the Viavi booth at OFC and gets an update on the 400G testing market from Tom Fawcett, VP and GM of LAB & Production. At this year's event, Viavi won three awards from Lightwave magazine and showcased an interoperability demo with Ethernet Alliance and Finisar.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Connecting the Entire Home With DOCSIS 3.1

    3|28|17   |   3:58:   |   (0) comments


    Hitron Technologies had the first cable modem certified for DOCSIS 3.1 and already has over 120,000 units in the field. Greg Fisher, CTO of Hitron, provides an update on his company's rollout of new gateways and why he thinks DOCSIS 3.1 will continue to drive value for operators into 2017 and beyond.
    LRTV Interviews
    Amazon Prime's Hand of God Creator on Producing for OTT

    3|28|17   |     |   (1) comment


    Ben Watkins is the creator, writer and producer of Hand of God, a series on Amazon Prime. At Light Reading's Cable Next-Gen conference in Denver, he explained the advantages of producing for an OTT platform versus traditional TV.
    Upcoming Live Events
    May 15-17, 2017, Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX
    May 15, 2017, Austin Convention Center - Austin, TX
    June 6, 2017, The Joule Hotel, Dallas, TX
    All Upcoming Live Events
    Infographics
    With the mobile ecosystem becoming increasingly vulnerable to security threats, AdaptiveMobile has laid out some of the key considerations for the wireless community.
    Hot Topics
    FTTH No Slam Dunk for Cable
    Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 3/23/2017
    Unlocking China's $194B Telecom Market
    Robert Clark, 3/27/2017
    Ericsson Tightens Focus, Warns of $1.7B Q1 Hit
    Iain Morris, News Editor, 3/28/2017
    Welcome to the Wild West of Privacy
    Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 3/24/2017
    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed
    BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
    TEOCO Founder and CEO Atul Jain talks to Light Reading Founder and CEO Steve Saunders about the challenges around cost control and service monetization in the mobile and IoT sectors.
    At MWC 2017, Qualcomm's CTO Matt Grob talks to Light Reading's CEO and Founder Steve Saunders about the progress being made in the development of the technologies and standards that will underpin 5G.
    Animals with Phones
    Working From Home Doesn't Work for Everyone Click Here
    You shouldn't nap on your keyboard, for instance.
    Live Digital Audio

    Playing it safe can only get you so far. Sometimes the biggest bets have the biggest payouts, and that is true in your career as well. For this radio show, Caroline Chan, general manager of the 5G Infrastructure Division of the Network Platform Group at Intel, will share her own personal story of how she successfully took big bets to build a successful career, as well as offer advice on how you can do the same. We’ll cover everything from how to overcome fear and manage risk, how to be prepared for where technology is going in the future and how to structure your career in a way to ensure you keep progressing. Chan, a seasoned telecom veteran and effective risk taker herself, will also leave plenty of time to answer all your questions live on the air.