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China Unicom hits 1M 3G subs but warns on costs

China Unicom, China’s second-largest mobile operator, says it has signed up more than 1 million subscribers to its new WCDMA-based 3G network to date, but warned that the costs of rolling out and promoting 3G will continue to weigh on margins.

WSJ: iPhone gets lukewarm reception in China

Apple’s iPhone got a lukewarm welcome in its official Chinese debut via China Unicom, reports the Wall Street Journal, with a boisterous crowd turning out for a launch party in the capital but no sign of the sort of sellout reception that greeted the smartphone at its introduction in other countries.

China Unicom trials 3G

China Unicom has launched a WCDMA trial in Baoding City in northern China’s Hebei Province, reports Interfax China, citing an industry source.

China Unicom Q3 profit falls 11 pct from Q2

Reuters reports that China Unicom, the country’s number two operator, said third quarter profit fell 11 percent from the previous quarter, as competition heated up in China’s telecoms sector.

Report: China Unicom awards WCDMA deals

Huawei, Motorola and Ericsson are reported to have been the biggest winners in the latest WCDMA infrastructure tender from China Unicom, Cellular News reports, citing a South China Morning Post report.

First SIMpass-enabled mobile phone launched in China

Cellular News reports that China Unicom has launched a mobile phone-based payment service – ‘Cqpass’ –  in the city of Chongqing which enables users to use their phone to pay for transport tickets and at various retailers.

Telefonica extends China Unicom ties

Telefonica has sought to strengthen its presence in the world’s largest mobile market by signing a “business cooperation framework agreement” with China Unicom, the country’s number two mobile operator.

Ericsson scores China Unicom 3G deal

Sweden’s Ericsson – the world’s largest mobile infrastructure vendor – today announced it has won a deal to supply China Unicom with 3G WCDMA kit in 15 provinces.

China Unicom posts iPhone 3G and G1 specs

Network World reports that a regional China Unicom website has posted pictures and specs of the iPhone 3G and the Android-based G1 as rumours grow that the operator will launch the devices in China.

China Unicom expands 3G network to 268 cities

China Unicom is to expand its trial WCDMA-based 3G network to a further 168 Chinese cities from tomorrow in a bid to catch up with rivals, China Mobile and China Telecom.