Date
15 October 2018

SC Yeung

EJ Insight writer
  • The entry of new players in China's mobile market is expected to bring down service fees for customers. Photo: Bloomberg

    The game-changing promise of new mobile entrants

    - Apr 2, 2014 7:48am
    Mobile phone services are expected to cost much less in China later this year as more than 20 mobile virtual network operators enter the market. The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the nation’s telecoms watchdog,...
  • HTC has markedly improved its time-to-market performance. As a result

    How M8 smartphone could change HTC fortunes

    - Apr 1, 2014 7:52am
    Taiwan smartphone maker HTC Corp. (02498.TW) is betting on its latest flagship, HTC One (M8), to turn its fortunes around. The company has been losing ground to Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics, not to mention some...
  • Telecoms equipment giant ZTE hopes to capitalize on China's 4G push. Photo: Bloomberg

    ZTE ready to ride the 4G wave

    - Mar 31, 2014 3:11pm
    With China’s big three state-owned telecom operators rolling out fourth-generation (4G) mobile networks aggressively across the nation, equipment manufacturers are eyeing a windfall in new orders, with domestic firms particularly excited as Beijing has proposed greater...
  • Tencent has been on an acquisition spree to protect its market position as Alibaba steps up the game. Photo: Bloomberg.

    Tencent, Alibaba continue their dogfight

    - Mar 28, 2014 10:23am
    The shopping spree of Tencent Holdings (00700.HK) and Alibaba Group shows no sign of coming to an end anytime soon as the Chinese internet giants seek partnerships with other players in segments such as online games and instant...
  • Many Chinese handset makers rely on mobile operators as sales channels. Photo: AFP

    Coolpad eyes direct sales model for margin boost

    - Mar 27, 2014 8:14am
    China’s smartphone maker Coolpad Group Ltd. (02369.HK) remains one of the hottest stocks in the market as investors bet on its fast-growing shipments of relatively cheaper models.  Its share price has tumbled more than 17 percent since...
  • Titles from game developer Electronics Arts will be available on ZTE's FunBox. Photo: Bloomberg

    Online video games: Coming soon to a TV room near you

    - Mar 26, 2014 8:36am
    First it was PCs, then it was mobile and now the new frontier in online video games is in the living room. As penetration of broadband internet rises, various online game developers are teaming up with telecommunications...
  • Qihoo is mounting a challenge to Baidu

    Search and destroy: Qihoo takes aim at Baidu

    - Mar 25, 2014 12:49pm
    The challenge is on and Baidu Inc.’s (BIDU.US) market lead in search is the target. Better known for its software, Qihoo 360 Technology (QIHU.US) is taking on Baidu in China with plans to boost its search engine advertising...
  • China Mobile must bear the brunt of the capital expenditure and asset depreciation of the 4G network rollout. Photo: Bloomberg

    China Mobile strains under weight of 4G ambitions

    - Mar 24, 2014 12:26pm
    China Mobile (00941.HK), the nation’s largest mobile operator, reported its first drop in full-year earnings in 14 years as government decisions and market competition took their toll, dimming near-term prospects for the telecom giant. The state-owned...
  • Chairman Wang Xiaochu is spearheading efforts to create a new China Telecom. Photo: Bloomberg

    China Telecom reinvents itself, again

    - Mar 21, 2014 12:06pm
    China Telecom (00728.HK), one of the nation’s big three telecommunications carriers, is seeking to turn itself into a hosting platform for a wide range of Web-based services, leveraging its loyal customer base to avoid getting marginalized...
  • JD.com is pursuing a strategy of collaboration

    JD’s new strategy: It’s all a matter of convenience

    - Mar 20, 2014 10:50am
    E-commerce giant JD.com had in recent years been mainly focused on eating the lunch of brick-and-mortar retailers. But now the Chinese firm is switching its strategy by turning some of its old enemies into allies. In...
  • Sinopec said it welcomes partners

    E-commerce giants eye gas stations for offline push

    - Mar 19, 2014 12:36pm
    Market rumors that Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. would like to take a stake in the oil and gas distribution business of China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (Sinopec) (00386.HK, 600028.CN) indicate that the e-commerce giant is ramping up its online-to-offline (O2O) strategy...
  • PBoC move hints at tighter govt control of O2O business

    - Mar 18, 2014 12:16pm
    The People’s Bank of China appears to have dealt the country’s e-commerce sector a setback after it suspended the use of virtual payment channels such as virtual credit cards and the Quick Response (QR) Code payment via mobile...
  • HKTV woes reflect regulatory lacunae in Hong Kong

    - Mar 17, 2014 11:07am
    Hong Kong Television Network’s (HKTV, 01137.HK) stalled mobile TV offering offers a stark reminder that the city’s legal and regulatory framework has not kept pace with the march of technology. In an environment where media consumption...
  • How savvy consumers are scaring up smartphone online sales

    - Mar 14, 2014 9:34am
    It’s one of the industry’s worst-kept secrets — a growing number of Chinese gadget lovers shop online. Yet, it has taken a while for smartphone makers to warm to the idea of e-channels to push their...
  • Is JD.com the answer to Tencent’s e-commerce struggle?

    - Mar 13, 2014 10:12am
    Internet giant Tencent Holdings (00700.HK) has picked JD.com, one of China’s leading business-to-consumer (B2C) portals, as its partner for e-commerce business. The deal, which will see Tencent transfer its e-commerce platform to JD.com for joint operations,...
  • Alibaba goes to the movies — is it the hottest ticket in town?

    - Mar 12, 2014 10:35am
    There’s a world of difference between an e-commerce company and a media operator. Alibaba Group Holding has decided to split the difference by being one or the other — or both. For the most part, the online sales...
  • Tech firms seek wider door to A-share markets

    - Mar 11, 2014 9:19am
    Big Chinese technology companies like Baidu Inc. (BIDU.US) and Tencent Holdings Ltd. (00700.HK) have become darling stocks in the markets where they are listed, but the irony is that many of these shares are not trading in...
  • VAT reform, cheap 4G fees add up to China telco profit challenge

    - Mar 10, 2014 11:08am
    Tax reform and government-ordered cuts to the price of 4G services could cost the three Hong Kong-listed mainland state-owned telecoms operators a large chunk of their earnings in the near future. Premier Li Keqiang said in...
  • Banks vs online financiers: War or peace

    - Mar 7, 2014 2:35pm
    A few minutes of Premier Li Keqiang’s work report on Wednesday probably did more to excite China’s internet economy than all the preceding months or years of online chatter. In one fell swoop, Li outlined a...
  • Game developers in a bind as Tencent makes irresistible offer

    - Mar 6, 2014 10:52am
    Mobile game developers in China are finding themselves in a tough bind as the country’s top internet companies dangle juicy contracts to grab their latest products. Ideally, developers would like their games to be available in...

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