Date
20 November 2017
China Telecom is the only carrier that offers full encryption. The service, launched in 2010, is available on Coolpad smartphones. Photo: Reuters
China Telecom is the only carrier that offers full encryption. The service, launched in 2010, is available on Coolpad smartphones. Photo: Reuters

Shanghai encryption trend lifts homegrown market

A growing number of civil servants in Shanghai are switching to homegrown encrypted smartphones to secure sensitive information, Shanghai Morning Post reported Wednesday.

The State Cryptography Administration Office of Security Commercial Code Administration, China’s data watchdog, lists 22 such handsets including 18 models from Coolpad, the only mobile phone maker carried by China Telecom.

Coolpad’s S6 model, the most popular among local public servants using encrypted smartphones, is the country’s first accredited 4G encrypted handset. It is priced at 1,990 yuan (US$323).

Other phone makers such as Huawei and Hisense are stepping up efforts to break into the evolving market. 

At present, full encryption is only available from China Telecom which launched the service in 2010.

The service provides a secure space for voice and data transfers between mobile devices, helping government workers prevent leaks of sensitive information.

One such worker who has access to “many internal government documents” and sensitive economic data has had his mobile phone hacked several times, the report said.

The switch to encrypted handset has made his work easier.

The trend is a boon to homegrown smartphone brands, with an increasing number of civil servants migrating from Apple and Samsung, a sales agent was quoted as saying.

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