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China Telecom Corporation Limited (CHA)

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  • Mar. 6, 2013, 6:31 PM
    After expanding the reach of its fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network by 33M households in 2012, China Telecom (CHA) wants to expand it by another 25M in 2013. Rival China Unicom (CHU) is also aggressive: it brought its FTTH network to 15.2M new households last year, and wants to add 10M this year. CHA and CHU respectively added 15.7M and 8.2M broadband subs in 2012, and hope to add 15M and 9M in 2013. With China now sporting over 1.1B mobile subs, CHA and CHU are increasingly counting on broadband and 3G data services to drive growth.
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  • Mar. 6, 2013, 4:56 AM
    China plans to issue 4G network licenses by the end of 2013, Industry & Information Technology Minister Miao Wei has said. "China has made breakthroughs in R&D of 4G technologies, but is still facing restrictions in commercial use," Miao said. China Mobile (CHL) has already begun 4G trials in several Chinese cities.
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  • Jan. 9, 2013, 1:39 PM
    The Chinese government is thinking of opening the country's mobile market up to virtual carriers (MVNOs) who would offer services based on capacity leased from incumbents China Mobile (CHL), China Unicom (CHU), and China Telecom (CHA). Such a policy change could open up a lucrative new revenue stream for the incumbents and perhaps (thanks to new pricing models) stoke 3G/data services adoption, but also carries the risk of increasing price competition.
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  • Dec. 28, 2012, 1:24 PM
    China's telecom ministry says it will "earnestly complete the preparatory work for [4G] LTE frequency distribution and license-granting" in 2013. Does that mean 4G licenses will be issued at least on the early side of the 2014-2015 timeframe government officials have suggested? China Mobile (CHL), which is building a huge 4G trial network, must hope so. So must base station supplier Alcatel-Lucent and 4G baseband chipmakers Qualcomm and Sequans.
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  • Dec. 16, 2012, 9:23 PM
    Over 2M iPhone 5 units have been sold thus far in China, Apple (AAPL) boasts. China Unicom's (CHU) healthy pre-order activity probably had a lot to do with this figure. Sparse crowds for the Friday launch stoked fears initial sales were light, but weather and pre-ordering requirements seem to have played a role. For reference, Apple announced in September over 5M iPhone 5 units had been sold 3 days after the device went on sale in the U.S., Japan, and 7 other locales. (PR)
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  • Dec. 6, 2012, 2:52 PM
    More on Apple: 1) China Mobile's (CHL) CEO suggests his company's lack of an iPhone deal has to do with deal terms rather than its TD-SCDMA 3G network. 2) IDC claims Apple's Chinese smartphone rank fell to #6 in Q3. Samsung was first, followed by fast-growing local Android OEMs Lenovo and Coolpad. The iPhone 5 launches in China on Dec. 14. 3) As Tim Cook declares some iMacs are being made in the U.S., Foxconn says it will expand its North American production.
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  • Nov. 30, 2012, 8:57 AM
    Apple (AAPL) announces the iPhone 5 will go on sale in China on Dec. 14, and the iPad Mini and 4th-gen regular iPad on Dec. 7. That gives Apple a little over 2 and 3 weeks, respectively, to rack up (authorized) Chinese sales of the devices in FQ1. The iPhone 5 launch was widely expected, given regulatory approval and China Telecom's (CHA)  pre-orders. Separately, Apple has begun selling the iPhone 5 unlocked in the U.S. at prices ranging from $649-$849. (PR)
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  • Nov. 29, 2012, 8:29 AM
    Apple (AAPL) roundup: 1) The iPhone 5 models meant for China Unicom (CHU) and China Telecom's (CHA) networks have received the final clearances needed from Chinese regulators. CHA has already begun taking pre-orders. 2) A Dutch court has ruled some older Samsung hardware infringes Apple's rubber-banding patent, recently invalidated by the USPTO. 3) The delayed iTunes 11 might finally arrive today. 4) With the completion of its new spaceship-like Cupertino HQ pushed back to 2016, Apple is building a new campus in nearby Santa Clara.
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  • Nov. 20, 2012, 3:03 PM
    China's big-3 mobile carriers added 11.2M new subscribers in October, and put 9.9M more subs on their 3G networks. China Mobile (CHL -1.4%) respectively added 5M and 3.7M new and 3G subs, China Unicom (CHU -2.1%) 3.4M and 3.2M, and China Telecom (CHA -2.4%) 2.9M and 3M. In spite of the increases, only 19% of China's 1.09B subs were on a 3G network at month's end, leaving plenty of growth for Qualcomm (previous), Marvell, Spreadtrum, Apple, and others. (chart)
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  • Nov. 19, 2012, 11:34 AM
    Apple (AAPL +4.8%) is roaring higher after analysts came to its defense yet again (I, II). Today's gains come as the Beijing Times reports China Telecom (CHA) will begin taking iPhone 5 pre-orders tomorrow, and 9to5 Mac reports early builds of the next version of Mac OS X feature Siri and Maps integration.
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  • Nov. 9, 2012, 12:09 PM
    China Telecom (CHA) says it plans to begin selling the iPhone 5 (AAPL +2.2%) in late November or early December, a little earlier than expected. During Apple's FQ4 call, Tim Cook would only say Apple expects a December Chinese launch. China Unicom's (CHU) chairman is more cautious in setting a timetable. Meanwhile, RBC is predicting Apple will finally reach a deal with China Mobile (CHL) in 2013, perhaps even before the Chinese New Year - the iPhone 5 doesn't support CHL's TD-SCDMA 3G network. (previous)
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  • Oct. 31, 2012, 11:04 AM
    Though many pundits, analysts, and (reportedly) employees liked Apple's (AAPL -2.3%) big management shakeup (I, II), shares have fallen below the $600 threshold today. Scott Forstall had plenty of critics, but he also earned a lot of respect on account of iOS' success over the last 5 years. Today's decline comes as Chinese regulators give their approval to iPhone 5 models meant for China Unicom (CHU) and China Telecom's (CHA) 3G networks.
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  • Oct. 29, 2012, 8:17 AM
    China Telecom (CHA): YTD EPS of CNY12.56. Revenue of CNY209.9B (+15% Y/Y). (PR)
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  • Sep. 26, 2012, 11:25 AM
    Chinese regulators have approved iPhone 5 (AAPL) models that can be used on China Unicom (CHU) and China Telecom's (CHA) 3G networks, a move that should allow Unicom to begin offering the phone by December. China Mobile (CHL), the world's largest carrier, remains the odd man out. Apple has reportedly promised to support the carrier's 4G TD-LTE network, but it might not receive commercial clearance for some time.
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  • Sep. 10, 2012, 5:16 PM
    China Mobile's (CHL) text messaging revenue declined to CNY 46.5B ($7.33B) last year, down from a 2009 peak of CNY $53.6B ($8.46B). The drop highlights the disruptive impact instant messaging and microblogging platforms, such as Tencent's QQ and Sina's Weibo, are having on the business models of Chinese carriers. Thus far at least, U.S. carriers have been able to avoid the same fate
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  • Aug. 22, 2012, 2:17 PM
    Apple (AAPL +1.1%) roundup: 1) China Telecom (CHA) mentions in its Q2 report it added 8.35M subs, something it largely credits to the iPhone 4S. 2) Digitimes sources claim Q3 production of the new iPhone will be less than 15M units, below a prior forecast of 20M, due to low yields (previous) for in-cell touch panels and new dock connectors. If true, that could have negative implications for suppliers. 3) Needham is raising its PT to $750, and its FY13 EPS estimate to $50.
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Company Description
China Telecom Corp Ltd is an integrated information service company. It offers telecommunications services, including wireline voice services, mobile voice services, Internet access services, value-added services etc.
Sector: Technology
Country: China