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China, Socialism & Consumer Behavior: consumer goods industry maintains stable growth

China’s consumer goods industry kept stable development in the first four months this year, thanks to rising domestic demand that offsets falling export triggered by the Financial Crisis, said the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) recently […]

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Chinese People and Their Mobile Phones: China Telecom starts 3G trials

China Telecom, the country’s largest fixed-line operator, started trials of the third-generation (3G) mobile services in Shanghai recently, and plans to extend the same nationwide soon. Shanghai Telecom, China Telecom’s subsidiary, said it would invest 6 billion yuan (nearly 1 Billion US dollars) on various projects including the 2010 Shanghai Expo World, 3G-network construction, and enterprise services this year […]

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China’s Software Service Industry Achieved US$50 Billion Revenue in the first half of 2008

According to Zhao Xiaofan, an official in charge of the software industry with the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, China’s software service industry maintained a rapid growth in the first half of 2008 and its revenue reached CNY345.67 billion (over 50 billion US dollars).
Zhao said at the ongoing 12th Xiamen International Trade and Investment Fair that in the first six months of 2008, China’s software industry realized a year-on-year increase of 30.4% […]

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Chinese People and Their Mobile Phones: users top 960 million

The number of phone users in China had exceeded 960 million as of July/2008, including over 600 million mobile phone users, the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) said on recently. Fixed-line subscribers dropped 10.6 million from January to July/2008, or a reduction of 1.35 million monthly, with the total at 355 million as of July/2008…

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Chinese People and Their Mobile Phones: China Mobile Will Start Nationwide TD-SCDMA Commercial Trial In China

The Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has announced its approval on China Mobile’s (CHL) nationwide commercial trial network based on TD-SCDMA technology. A spokesman from China Mobile confirms that the group has already received the formal approval from the MIIT, but insists it does not mean a 3G license has been issued. The 3G licensing has been continuously delayed in China in the past few years, mainly because the TD-SCDMA technology is not mature…

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China’s Software Industry Revenue Rises 31.2%

China’s software industry income amounted to 193.55 billion yuan from January to April, up 31.2 percent year-on-year, and 11.4 percentage points higher than the electronic information industry, according to information released by the Ministry of Industry and Information. The revenue from software products accounted for 70.39 billion yuan (10.2 billion US dollars): it is still the main component of the software industry. Revenue from software technology services saw the fastest growth and amounted to 35.63 billion yuan (5.1 billion US dollars), growing by 48.2 percent year-on-year. Revenue from system integration increased by 23.8 percent to 46.07 billion yuan (6.7 billion US dollars); and the growth rate of revenues from embedded systems and IC design are relatively low…

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Chinese People and Their Mobile Phones: 6 Telecoms to Merge Their Assets

China has told its six telecommunications companies to merge their assets, allowing fixed-line carriers to expand into wireless services and creating three operators that will offer phone and Internet connections to 1.3 billion people. Under the plan, the parent of China Telecom will buy a mobile phone network from the parent of China Unicom, which in turn will merge with the company that controls the China Netcom Group, the Ministry of Industry and Information said in a statement on Saturday. China will issue three third-generation wireless licenses after the overhaul is completed, it said…

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Chinese People and Their Mobile Phones: China starts 3G commercial trials in 8 cities

The parent of China Mobile (0941.HK: Quote, Profile, Research), the country’s top wireless operator, have started commercial trials of a homegrown third-generation wireless standard, TD-SCDMA, in eight cities on April 1, state media said recently. Shares in several Hong Kong-listed equipment vendors, including China Communications Services Corp Ltd (0552.HK: Quote, Profile, Research) and China Wireless Technologies Ltd (2369.HK: Quote, Profile, Research), rose on Friday, as investors anticipate heavy spending on telecoms gear.

The commercial trials will help to improve TD-SCDMA technology, as well as provide better mobile services during the Beijing Olympics, according to Xinhua News agency […]

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China software industry reports 20% rise in revenue

China’s software sector generated 580 billion yuan (about 80.8 billion U.S. dollars) in revenue in 2007, an annual increase of 20.8 percent, the Ministry of Information Industry reported: sales of software products surged 22.5 percent to 201.7 billion yuan, while system integration income rose 16 percent to 147.8 billion yuan (nearly 21 billion US dollars). The income of software and information technology services hit 97.8 billion yuan (over 13 billion US Dollars), up 24.8 percent. Revenues of embedded system software hit 115.5 billion yuan (around 16 billion US dollars), up 21.8 percent year on year…

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Chinese People & their Mobile Phones: Fixed Lines losing ground to Mobile Phones

More and more Chinese are disconnecting fixed-line telephones and turning to mobile phones for communication, according to statistics released by the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology […]