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China Telecom Corporation Limited (CHA)

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  • Mon, May 18, 2:39 PM
    • After closing lower in Hong Kong, China's big three wireless carriers are down in U.S. trading, giving back Friday gains after saying they'd cut data prices and boost speeds in an effort that could push migration to 4G.
    • In the U.S., China Mobile (NYSE:CHL) is down 4.1%; China Telecom (NYSE:CHA) is down 4.1% and China Unicom (NYSE:CHU) down 3.2%.
    • The state-owned firms have gotten a push from Premier Li Keqiang to expand Internet access. Leader China Mobile will cut mobile data prices by at least 35% this year; China Unicom plans cuts of 20% or more per megabyte, and China Telecom is looking at average cuts of 30%/megabyte.
    • The move means a change in short-term revenue but could raise profits depending on the migration rate to more lucrative 4G accounts and usage.
    • Previously: China mobile infrastructure spending jumped 51% in 2014 (Apr. 21 2015)
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  • Tue, Apr. 21, 9:11 PM
    • Mobile infrastructure spending in China rose 51% last year, according to an Infonetics report, primed by "robust" TD-LTE deployments at wireless leader China Mobile (NYSE:CHL) and W-CDMA expansions at China Unicom (NYSE:CHU).
    • Those increases countered a significant capex cut by third competitor China Telecom (NYSE:CHA).
    • China Mobile in particular had a goal of raising TD-LTE rollouts from 150K TD-LTE eNodeBs to 500K, but ended the year with 720K in a next-gen push. The company has 60% of China's mobile subscribers.
    • The mobile operators added 58M subscribers in 2014 to push the total market to 1.3B subscribers.
    • Gains today: China Mobile (CHL) up 4.3%; China Telecom (CHA) up 1.5%; China Unicom (CHU) up 3%.
    • Previously: China telecoms: Providers gain again; Unicom adds 1.6M net subs (Apr. 21 2015)
    • Previously: Chinese wireless firms up on PBOC easing; China Mobile notes Q1 results (Apr. 20 2015)
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  • Tue, Apr. 21, 11:16 AM
    • Chinese telecom providers are up for a second straight day following China's stimulus.
    • In U.S. trading, China Mobile (NYSE:CHL) is up 4.6%; China Telecom (NYSE:CHA) is up 1.8%; and China Unicom (NYSE:CHU) is up 3.4%.
    • China Mobile had previously jumped 7.5% in Hong Kong, while China Unicom had gained 3.6% there.
    • In March operations, China Unicom pointed to net added mobile subscribers of 1.6M to bring its total there to 294.75M; net added fixed-line broadband subscribers of 375K to bring that total to 69.6M; and a net loss in local access subscribers of 579K to bring that total down to 80.3M.
    • China Telecom signed a deal with payments platform SmartTrans to bring financial news and info to subscribers through its "Love Finance" offering, to be promoted through mobile news, texts and WAP channels. Subscribers to that product will pay 5 yuan/month.
    • Previously: Chinese wireless firms up on PBOC easing; China Mobile notes Q1 results (Apr. 20 2015)
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  • Mon, Apr. 20, 7:35 PM
    • Chinese wireless firms jumped in U.S. trading today in reaction to new easing from China, where the central bank cut its reserve requirement ratio a percentage point to 18.5%
    • China Mobile (NYSE:CHL) gained 5.4% today and is up another 3.2% after hours; China Telecom (NYSE:CHA) closed up 4.9%; and China Unicom (NYSE:CHU) closed up 5.3% (and is up now 0.2% after hours).
    • China Unicom was among leaders among Hong Kong stocks today, trading 2.2% higher there, while China Telecom was up 2.8%.
    • China Mobile provided unaudited key indicators from its Q1, noting that while operating revenue was up 3.9% Y/Y (to 160.9B yuan) and EBITDA up 2.8% (to 59.2B yuan), net profit slipped 5.6% Y/Y to 23.8B yuan.
    • As the substitution impact of over-the-top business (including apps like Tencent's WeChat) on China Mobile's traditional business "continued to intensify, voice services and SMS and MMS services further declined," the company noted, with voice and SMS usage down 1.3% and 4.5% respectively.
    • "The Group is at a critical stage of transformation of its development," writes Chairman Xi Guohua, noting that capex and cost input continue to remain high amid heavy demand for resources from 4G construction, business development and customer retention.
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  • Wed, Apr. 8, 10:30 AM
    • China's mobile firms have ramped up considerably today in U.S. trading as regulators work toward transferring 1M cell towers to a state-backed joint venture among the three.
    • The transfer to China Tower -- the joint venture between China Mobile (CHL +6.5%), China Telecom (CHA +9%) and China Unicom (CHU +4.2%) -- should allow the three to book a steroidal 148B yuan ($23.9B) in one-time gains.
    • Details of the transfer are sketchy, but China's government plans to wrap it by Aug. 15.
    • China Mobile holds a 40% stake in China Tower, and China Unicom and China Telecom split the remaning 60%.
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  • Mon, Mar. 16, 9:25 AM
    • China's leading telecom China Mobile (NYSE:CHL) is up 3.6% premarket in U.S. ADR trading after gaining 2.4% in Hong Kong following Premier Li Keqiang's comments that China is ready to print money if China's economy keeps slowing.
    • China Mobile ADRs have gained 8.4% YTD and are up 42% over the past 12 months.
    • Telecom peers: China Unicom (CHU +1.5%); China Telecom (NYSE:CHA).
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  • Tue, Mar. 3, 1:45 PM
    • China Unicom (NYSE:CHU) is down 5.5% as it posted Q4 income that fell 26% and missed expectations, pointing to VAT reform and playing from behind on high-speed data as headwinds.
    • Q4 revenue of 69.3B yuan (down 7%) beat expectations by 2.1B yuan. EBITDA of 20.77B yuan missed expectations by 1B yuan.
    • For the full year, net profit was up 15.8% to 12.06B yuan. Net profit was 4.9% of service revenue, up from 4.4% in 2013. Full-year revenue of 244.88B yuan was up 2.6%.
    • Full-year revenue breakouts: Mobile, 155.1B yuan (up 2.6%); fixed-line, 88.5B yuan (up 2.3%).
    • The company warned that a slowdown in user growth may persist through 2015 or even reverse into a decline, and Chairman Lu Yimin again batted down speculation about a merger with China Telecom (NYSE:CHA) to keep up with clear market leader China Mobile (NYSE:CHL).
    • China Unicom has been running behind on 4G implementation, having just received its 4G LTE FDD license and playing catch-up with China Mobile (CHL), which features 100M users.
    • Previously: Merger rumors lift U.S. shares of Chinese telecoms (Feb. 12 2015)
    • Previously: Chinese telecoms jump in Hong Kong on merger rumor (Feb. 11 2015)
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  • Thu, Feb. 12, 12:15 PM
    • Building on last night's report about merger chatter, Chinese telecoms marked gains similar to those in Hong Kong with their ADRs on the NYSE.
    • Leader China Mobile (NYSE:CHL) is up 2.9%; China Unicom (NYSE:CHU) is up 4.2% and China Telecom (NYSE:CHA) +2.9% on the rumor that the two would merge to better compete with China Mobile.
    • China Telecom says it isn't aware of any plan to merge with China Unicom.
    • All three finished the Hong Kong market day on heavy volume with China Mobile up 3.9%; China Unicom up 4.3%, and China Telecom up 2.9% (on near quadruple volume).
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  • Wed, Feb. 4, 2:05 PM
    • In a fresh monetary easing move, the PBOC has cut its reserve requirement ratio for banks by 50 bps to 19.5%, its first cut since 2012. Many Chinese Internet and mobile stocks are posting healthy gains on a day the Nasdaq is near breakeven.
    • Carriers China Mobile (CHL +2.3%), China Unicom (CHU +4.5%), and China Telecom (CHA +1.9%) are among the gainers. As are online retailers Vipshop (VIPS +4%) and Dangdang (DANG +5.1%).
    • Other notable gainers include online video giant Youku (YOKU +3.9%), mobile game publishers Sky-mobi (MOBI +7.8%) and China Mobile Games (CMGE +2.6%), chat app/social network owner Momo (MOMO +4.1%), microblogging leader Weibo (WB +2.7%), online/mobile game developer NetEase (NTES +2.4%), online classifieds leader 58.com (WUBA +2.3%), and #2 online travel agency Qunar (QUNR +3.4%).
    • ETFs: KWEB, CQQQ, QQQC
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  • Dec. 1, 2014, 10:38 AM
    • Chinese Internet  and telecom names are among the biggest tech decliners as the Nasdaq registers a 0.9% drop. A soft November PMI print isn't helping.
    • Giants Alibaba (BABA -4.3%) and Baidu (BIDU -2.8%) are among the casualties. As is Qunar (QUNR -5.8%), which reports after the bell.
    • Other Internet decliners: BITA -12%. QIHU -4.4%. CTRP -4.3%SFUN -7.2%. LEJU -7.5%. RENN -6.3%. SINA -3.8%. WB -3%. YY -3.9%. VIPS -3.8%. SOHU -3.5%. MOBI -4.3%. CMGE -8.6%.
    • Telecom decliners: CHL -3.6%. CHU -3.9%. CHA -4%.
    • ETFs: KWEB, CQQQ, QQQC
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  • Oct. 24, 2014, 10:42 AM
    • A Chinese paper reports China Unicom (CHU +0.9%) and China Telecom (CHA +1%) plan to launch (through a JV) a local content delivery network. The JV, which would aim to profit from China's rapid mobile data and online video traffic growth, would be run by CHA's cloud services unit.
    • Leading Chinese CDN owner ChinaCache (CCIH -5.1%) isn't responding well to the news, which comes two weeks after CHA announced a CDN partnership with Akamai. Alibaba launched its own CDN services last year.
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  • Aug. 27, 2014, 3:53 PM
    • JPMorgan has upgraded China Telecom (CHA +2.2%) to Overweight.
    • Shares have spiked to new 52-week highs in response. Expectations of lower phone subsidy spend (following a government mandate) have provided a lift over the last two months.
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  • Sep. 16, 2013, 11:08 AM
    • China Unicom (CHU +0.6%) says its iPhone 5S/5C (AAPL -2.6%) reservations have topped 100K since it began taking them last week. Last year, Unicom took 200K+ iPhone 5 reservations in the phone's first two days of availability.
    • Meanwhile, China Telecom (CHA +2.5%) has cut its iPhone subsidies. A subscriber signing up for an RMB289/month ($47/month) plan will get an iPhone 5S subsidy of RMB2890, 15% less than the RMB3400 subsidy it provided for the iPhone 5. It's worth noting CHA's ARPU is below $10.
    • The Chinese figures come amidst sharp criticism of the 5C's unsubsidized pricing, which starts at $735 in China. For reference, upstart Xiaomi's new Mi3 flagship Android phone (5" 1080p display, 13MP camera) starts at $327 in the Middle Kingdom.
    • On the other hand, Japanese carriers are aggressively subsidizing the 5S in the wake of NTT DoCoMo's (DCM +0.7%) iPhone deal. DoCoMo, SoftBank (SFTBF.PK), and KDDI are each providing the 5S for free with 2-year contracts for certain plans.
    • Kantar Japan recently estimated 2/3 of DoCoMo subs who have been leaving the carrier ended up buying an iPhone.
    • Also: Bernstein thinks Apple could still come out with a cheaper iPhone in the form of a sub-$400 iPhone 4C that puts the iPhone 4's components inside a 5C body.
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  • Aug. 8, 2013, 2:58 PM
    • China Unicom (CHU +6.5%), China's second-largest mobile carrier, is trading up after releasing H1 results.
    • The carrier's H1 numbers impressed, with revenue of 144.31B yuan up 19% Y/Y and earnings of 5.32B yuan (3.43B yuan a year ago) surpassing a consensus of 4.89B yuan.
    • Profitability continues to rise as the first carrier to adopt the iPhone in China reaps the rewards of out-sized subscription and data revenue growth.
    • 3G ARPU fell to 77.6 yuan (from 91.8 yuan a year ago), as CHU reeled in less wealthy 3G subs via low-cost smartphones.
    • Shares were temporarily halted in afternoon Hong Kong trading after results were accidentally pre-released on a government website.
    • Rivals China Mobile (CHL +1.5%) and China Telecom (CHA +2.1%) are up in sympathy.
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  • Jul. 15, 2013, 2:34 PM
    Chinese Internet stocks are turning in a good day after the government unveils a new telecom plan promising to increase fiber-to-the-home deployments, improving 3G connectivity, and issue 4G licenses by year's end. YOKU +6.2%. BIDU +4.7%. QIHU +4.8%. DANG +4.9%. YY +9.2%. CYOU +5.2%. China's telecom giants aren't moving much: CHL +0.3%. CHA -0.4%. CHU +1%. (more on China/4G)
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  • May 7, 2013, 1:37 PM
    Sina (SINA -2.5%) gives back yesterday's gains after Tencent (TCEHY.PK) says it has reached "preliminary solutions" with Chinese mobile carriers (CHL, CHU, CHA) regarding its very popular WeChat mobile IM platform, which both generates heavy traffic and eats into text-messaging revenue (China Mobile's text revenue fell 4.8% last year). That's likely raising fears Sina might have to pay carriers for the traffic produced by Weibo, arguably WeChat's top rival. Tencent has said it's unlikely to charge WeChat users.
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Company Description
China Telecom Corp Ltd along with its subsidiaries is an integrated information service company. It offers telecommunications services, including wireline voice services, mobile voice services, Internet access services, value-added services.
Sector: Technology
Country: China