China Faces Innovation Crunch

China may be the biggest nation in the world with enormous technical potential, but it's in danger of being lapped in the telecom innovation race.

So says Robert Clark, Light Reading's Hong Kong-based contributing editor in a blog published Friday.

He points out how China's approach to mobile services and applications competition is stuck firmly in the past, while innovators elsewhere explore the potential that communications networks, the cloud, and open applications development platforms can deliver.

For more, see Telecom innovation: China is not even in the race.

— Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

DOShea 9/29/2013 | 8:38:09 PM
Optical Chinese vendors and service providers also have done quite a lot of 100G, and earlier than some companies elsewhere. ZTE and Huawei both seem to have made 100G and 400G innovations at early stages.
mendyk 9/20/2013 | 10:42:24 AM
Re: Crunch time re comms control China has the rest of the world's network infrastructure to "innovate" with. As Robert points out, open competition in telecom services is not in the best interest of the authorities. The question is how far unsanctioned apps and services can push the boundaries.
Gabriel Brown 9/20/2013 | 7:47:16 AM
Innovation Crunch You could, obviously, argue for and against this assertion.

To argue against it, look at what China Mobile is doing with C-RAN. It is, unquestionably, trying to innovate.
[email protected] 9/20/2013 | 7:41:55 AM
Crunch time re comms control Robert raises some really interesting issues... there is so much potential in China but how long can the authorities there hold back innovation and keep the country relevant in what is increasingly a comms-driven global economy?
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