Gone are the days of developing nation status, China is joining the 4G club! Maybe
News has dropped that China could be getting it's very own 4G network, thus heightening it's status and giving it more weight in UN voting. Admittedly, that may be an over-simplification but that's the gist of international affairs.
The internet monitoring body - also known as MIIT - has announced that it's very likely to issue 4G permits in the near future. Indeed, it has announced its intentions to gear 2013 towards adopting a 4G network and expand the LTE frequency.
The good news is that it would seem China is talking about a 4G network and we can therefore speculate that it is indeed in the books. The eternal problem is that we do not know when exactly this super fast new network will be arriving onto our fair shores and may not be available for another year or two.
Development for China Mobile
This is all good news for China Mobile who will finally have the chance to regain its place as the top mobile network provider in China after suffering through the 3G era that saw its two competitors take on all the 3G subscribers.
According to sources, the MIIT is in fact trying to ensure the healthy growth of the 3G network before it moves on to install the 4G one. When you see the speed at which China is gaining 3G subscribers you are not surprised by this method (China Unicom took on 3 million new 3G subscribers in November alone). If all the 3G users become 4G ones, China may become the largest and fastest growing 4G network in the world. Obviously, this all depends on compatible handsets being sold here.
For now then, we have no assured date for this improved network but the mere fact that the MIIT and the internet is talking about it means we could be seeing and using it in the months to come.
These days, the weather in China seemed a bit cloudy for the world famous fruit brand...
Dispute about the ‘iPad’ name
First, there was Proview, the Chinese company of media devices that claimed it owned the rights to the ‘iPad’ name in the Chinese market as they registered it back in 2000. However, Apple said it acquired the worldwide rights in 2009. To settle this, two weeks ago, Apple agreed to pay $60m to Proview and, hence, bought the global rights to the ‘iPad’ name for good.
Dispute about the ‘Snow Leopard’ name
There was also Jiangsu Xuebao, a chemistry company that bought the rights for the brand ‘Xuebao’ in China in 2000.
Xuebao? What’s the deal with Apple? Have you lost your mind?
Did you know that ‘Xuebao’ means ‘Snow Leopard’ in Chinese? You must have recognized the name of the OS (Mac OS X 10.6) of Apple. That’s why Xuebao decided to sue the Californian company. Still they sold their OS in China under the name ‘Snow Leopard’ even if in 2008, the China Patent & Trademark office rejected the request of Apple to buy the name ‘Xuebao’. That one got solved at the court of Shanghai Pudong last Tuesday : Since Apple never sold its product under its Chinese name, there was nothing to worry about.
Dispute about the Siri technology
And you can throw another one on the pile: Lately, another Chinese company named Zhi Zhen internet technology claimed that Siri, Apple’s digital voice assistant, infringes on their Xiao i Robot. Since the announcement of Apple adding Mandarin and Cantonese to Siri, Zhi Zhen seems afraid it might cause infringement to its software.
And this is only in China? O_o
Yes! There is also a bigger problem for the apple brand with an American company called Noise Free Wireless that accuses them (not us!) to have stolen its noise cancelation technology.
Anyway those cases might be a danger for Apple as others Chinese brands might follow the trend and sue them for any kind of infringement … as long as it works!
So far, the firm settles its disputes with money. China is a very important market for Apple and they don’t want to lose its precious time with long trials. It’s time to settle down there and for good!
However, the ‘fat’ years are probably not over!
Opening of a new Apple Store in China?
Have you heard of a rumor about the opening of the biggest Apple Store in the world? Well, according to a few sources (not especially good ones, but still), it might takes place in Dalian, China.
You must know that there are only 6 Apple stores in China even though it’s the biggest market in the world. Those stores have some of the best results in the world but it feels like China misses Apple in so many places.
Opening of a new market for iPhones in China?
Then Apple and China Mobile (the world’s biggest mobile phone network that owns about 67% of the Chinese market shares) are apparently ‘in talks’ to offer China Mobile’s customers an iPhone. Its rivals, China Telecom and China Unicom, are already including this possibility in their currents offers.
Even though the iPhone is not an official product of China Mobile, it’s estimated that 15 million of the company’s customers are already iPhone users, according to BBC. If these ‘talks’ went to a good end, Apple might infiltrate a huuuuuuuge market.
However, it seems that it’s more a problem of technology and compatibility. China Mobile’s network does not support the iPhone yet, for technical reasons everyone might not understand...
Who said me?
Anyway the iPhone operated by China Mobile will be released soon but it’s more likely, we’ll have to wait until the 4G network is really working in China. Question is: how long?
Google won’t be the default search-engine in Safari anymore… At least in China!
Last (but definitely not least) is that iOS6 will be released in China with a couple unexpected things. The first one, I told you about it earlier : Siri will speak Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese so far)! The second one (and the most important one as I work for a SEO company) is that Baidu will now be the default search-engine in Safari! Ouch for Google…