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What you need to know: This weblog captures key data points about the global telecoms industry. I use it as an electronic notebook to support my work for Pringle Media.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

NTT DOCOMO Expands Android LTE Range

NTT DOCOMO unveiled three new smartphones and two new tablets compatible with its LTE mobile service, for launch in or after September. The Tokyo-based operator said all models are capable of a maximum downlink speed of 75 Mbps and run the Android 4.0 operating system. It added that three of the five models are compatible with "the NOTTV V-high multimedia broadcasting service, including the first NOTTV-compatible GALAXY tablet."

On August 20th, DOCOMO announced that it had more than five million LTE subscribers. The service was launched at the end of 2010. source: DOCOMO statements 

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Unicom Claims Market Share Gain

China Unicom said that its operating revenues rose 20% year-on-year in the first half of 2012 to 121.69 billion Chinese yuan (19.14 billion US dollars). Service revenues rose 13.3% fueled by a 23.4% lift in mobile revenues. Unicom claimed to have gained 1.6 percentage points of market share over the 12 months to June 30th, giving it 23.1% of the Chinese telecoms market.

Unicom attributed most of the growth to a sharp rise in 3G service revenues, as its 3G subscriptions rose 140% year on year to more than 57.5 million. source: China Unicom presentation

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Mobile Data Momentum for China Telecom

China Telecom said that its operating revenues rose 14.8% year-on-year in the first half of 2012 to 138.02 billion Chinese yuan (21.73 billion US dollars). Excluding sales of mobile devices, the telco's operating revenues climbed 11.2% to 126.58 billion yuan.

China Telecom reported that it now has 144 million mobile connections (including almost 51 million 3G connections), representing a net addition of 17.71 million from the end of last year. The total number of wireline broadband subscribers reached 83.70 million, representing a net addition of 6.89 million from the end of last year.

Selling both the iPhone and low cost smartphones (about 1,000 yuan or 155 dollars), the company said: "In the first half of the year, mobile data revenue was 19.27 billion yuan, representing an increase of 46.7% over the same period last year. Mobile data revenue accounted for 45.3% of the mobile service revenue, which is at an industry-leading level." source: China Telecom statement

Thursday, August 16, 2012

China Mobile Moves Down a Gear

China Mobile said that its operating revenue rose 6.6% year-on-year to 266.53 billion Chinese yuan (41.91 billion US dollars) in the first half of 2012. That compares with 7.8% growth in the first quarter of 2012.

The operator said that voice usage was up 9.2% and wireless data traffic climbed 51.6% as 3G customers reached 67 million, up from 35 million a year earlier. source: China Mobile presentation

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Deutsche Telekom Leans on Broadband

Deutsche Telekom reported a revenue decline of 3% year-on-year on an organic basis to 14.38 billion euros in the second quarter of 2012. In Germany, revenues fell 3.1% and in the U.S., service revenues declined 6.1%.

Still, DT said customers for its Entertain IPTV service rose 41% to 1.83 million, while retail fiber customers rose 59% to 722,000. source: Deutsche Telekom presentation