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China’s immense 5G market pulses with new additions, logging nearly 17 million subscribers in August as migrations to advanced telecommunications networks grow. Still, this uptake signifies a dampening speed, attributed to the top trio: China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom, seeing a fall in new users compared to prior months. Abstract figures of network utilization and the quality of reception, however, leave much to be unraveled. The niche player, China Broadnet, despite a recent debut, experiences stiff competition, highlighting the difficulty of penetration amidst dominant forces.

With Vodafone’s pending merger with Three, concerns mount over potential access to sensitive UK government data by foreign entities, chiefly China. Unite the union has issued a report detailing alleged connections between Three’s controlling CK Group and the Chinese government, raising concerns over integrity of communications within governmental public sector clients served by Vodafone including the NHS and Ministry of Defence. Is the potential for this large scale data breach being overlooked? T

The unveiling of Apple’s four new iPhone models sparked a surprising underwhelm in the tech community. Meanwhile, debates rose regarding China’s nimble navigation around US tech embargoes, especially regarding iPhone use. No less intriguing were the discussions around Open RAN – tech pioneers revisited this initiative with the UK’s recent efforts to regain Open RAN momentum.

In an unprecedented move, China has taken decisive action against personal data breaches, closing a staggering number of cases while also unveiling draft laws to regulate facial recognition technology. Over the past three years, Chinese law enforcement has effectively shut down 36,000 instances of personal data violations, leading to the detention of 64,000 suspects, as per the Ministry of Public Security. These efforts are part of a broader initiative launched in 2020 to govern online activities, resulting in the seizure of more than 30 million SIM cards and 300 million “illegal” internet accounts.

China Mobile and Ericsson have announced the launch of two energy-efficient 5G sites in China as part of their efforts to conserve energy and reduce carbon emissions. The Ericsson Smart Site offers new levels of quality assurance, the intelligent administration of various energy sources, full-stack real-time monitoring, and intelligent energy and service synergy.   The initial facility, located in Jiangsu Province, runs on the 700MHz frequency and emits no carbon dioxide. The second facility, in Guangdong, operates on the 2.6GHz frequency. Both locations employ Ericsson’s power system, which optimizes the usage of energy from solar, grid and battery sources to provide the most energy-efficient operation possible. The systems also include remote management capabilities using Ericsson Network Manager.   Energy conservation and renewable energy have become major technology trends in China. As China continues to prioritize energy conservation and carbon emission reduction, the partnership between China Mobile and Ericsson is well-positioned…

China Mobile, one of the largest state-owned telecommunications companies in that country, has designed a water purifying device powered by blockchain, thus making an explicit statement that blockchain technology is not something extraneous and out of this world, but is a beneficial high-tech solution that may be advantageously applied to ordinary household appliances. The Product Market Director at China Mobile IoT, Xiao Yi, stated: “Our goal is to also attract those who are not in the cryptocurrency or blockchain community, who may have heard of this technology but not necessarily understand it. To embrace a more mainstream adoption, we need to turn something that appears professional into something that’s very ordinary.” The Internet of Things (IoT) division within the company has developed a product with a built-in computing chip and an IoT module.  This innovative gadget collects applicable user data related to consumer behaviour habits and shares it…

According to a recent report from The Intercept, Google is planning to relaunch its search engine in China, meeting all the Chinese government’s censorship requirements. Back in 2010, the Internet giant withdrew its services from China due to strict censorship. Now Google is clawing its way back into the world’s largest Internet market, with a censored version of their search engine under the codename “Dragonfly”. The first platform to be developed is an Android app that is expected to be finalized in the upcoming six to nine months, claims The Intercept. The appeal of 750 million Internet users would be quite tempting to anyone, yet this news about Google has been met with some negativity, and may be considered as showing support for the totalitarian regime in China. “This has very serious implications not just for China, but for all of us, for freedom of information and Internet freedom. It…