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China Mobile awards 12 companies TD-SCDMA research grants

TeleGeography, citing a Xinhua report, notes that China Mobile will provide funding of CNY600 million (US$88 million) to 12 TD-SCDMA phone and chip manufacturers.

China Mobile “optimistic” on Taiwanese deal

China Mobile Chairman Wang Jianzhou said this week he was “optimistic” that the operator’s bid to buy a minority stake in Taiwanese mobile firm Far EasTone would go ahead, despite the Taiwanese government’s continued reluctance to lift its ban on Chinese investment in its telecom sector.

Reports: China Mobile to launch HTC Android device

China Mobile will next month launch an Android-based handset from HTC, according to reports in the Financial Times and Wall Street Journal. Both reports state the device will be a customised version of HTC’s Magic handset, already offered by Vodafone.

Three Hong Kong operators qualify to bid for 1800MHz spectrum

TeleGeography notes that Hong Kong’s telecoms regulator OFTA has confirmed that the three qualified bidders for a new GSM 1800MHz frequency allocation are:

HP seeks Chinese operator netbook deals

Hewlett-Packard, the world’s largest PC-maker by sales, is talking with China’s three mobile operators about offering netbooks, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Report: China Mobile seeks 50% of app store sales

China Mobile – the world’s largest mobile operator by subscribers – is seeking a minimum 50 percent cut of all sales from its soon-to-be-launched Mobile Market application store, according to a Telecom Asia report.

Groups work on converged LTE standard

Two industry groups – the TD Industry Association (TDIA) and the Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) Alliance – are teaming up with the aim of promoting TD-LTE technology worldwide and ensuring the development of a converged standard for Frequency Division Duplex (FDD)-

Ofta names 3 winners for 1800MHz auction

Telecompaper reports that all the qualified operators participating in Ofta’s 1800MHz auction in Hong Kong won blocks of spectrum.

China to limit SMS

Reuters notes that China will limit the number of messages that a mobile number can send per day to battle rampant spam messages clogging mobile networks.

Far EasTones shareholders approve selling stake to China Mobile

Far EasTone’s shareholders have approved the planned sale of a 12% stake to China Mobile, Dow Jones Newswire reports.