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China's UC News Boasts 100+ Million Monthly Users In India, Indonesia

Chinese Internet company UC recently announced that its UC News had over 100 million monthly active users in India and Indonesia by April 2017.

UC was established in 2004. The company was merged into Alibaba in 2014 and became a component of Alibaba’s mobile business group. The company said in a statement that since its entry into India and Indonesia in June 2016, UC News has gained rapid development and reached daily views of 100 million. At present, UC is committed to establishing a digital content aggregation publishing platform in the two emerging markets.

Huang Hao, president of overseas business of Alibaba’s mobile business cluster, said that by the end of the quarter, the average length of use of UC News users was over 23 minutes and the number is still growing. Users like colorful digital content and UC can meet those needs.

In addition, Huang added that Alibaba is creating a more diversified content platform in accordance to local conditions. The company is trying to launch a more powerful localized news and content ecosystem by the end of 2017.

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China Mobile Achieved CNY708.4 Billion Operating Revenue In 2016

In 2016, China Mobile realized operating revenue of CNY708.4 billion, a year-on-year increase of 6%.

Its earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization were CNY256.7 billion, a year-on-year increase of 6.9%; and its net profit was CNY108.7 billion, a slight increase of 0.2% compared with the same period of previous year.

China Mobile’s average profit per day was nearly CNY300 million in 2016 and its net profit was nearly five times more than the combined net profits of China Telecom and China Unicom.

China Mobile’s communications service revenue up 6.7% in 2016; and its mobile data revenue increased by 43.5% year-on-year. Meanwhile, mobile data revenue accounted for 46.2% of China Mobile’s total communications service revenue and it had become the largest income source of the company.

By the end of 2016, China Mobile had 849 million mobile phone users, representing a net increase of 22.66 million. At the same time, its 4G users saw a net increase of 223 million, reaching a total of 535 million.

During the reporting period, China Mobile added 400,000 new 4G base stations and the total number of its 4G base stations reached 1.51 million, covering a population of over 1.3 billion.

Prior to this, China Unicom and China Telecom also released their annual performance for 2016. China Unicom reported operating revenue of CNY274.2 billion in 2016, a year-on-year decrease of 1%; and its net profit was CNY630 million, a year-on-year decrease of 94%. China Telecom reported operating revenue of CNY352.29 billion, a year-on-year increase of 6.4%; and its net profit was CNY18 billion, a year-on-year decrease of 10.2%.

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Digital Transformation and Time-Space Compression

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Speed impacts us in many different and unexpected ways. It can alter how we perceive the world. For example, a person might say they live 5 minutes from town. Five minutes of walking is a third of a mile. Five minutes by automobile is 5 miles – by airline it could be over 40 miles. Our perception of five minutes, and the distance and space that can be covered, changes as technologies advance. Our expectations about what can be accomplished in 5 minutes are transformed. Instead of one hour of shopping in a brick and mortar store, we expect to accomplish the same in one minute online. Dr. Paul Virilio a “philosopher of speed” wrote that increasing speeds destroy space, compress time, and alter the way humans perceive reality.  

Time-space compression occurs as a result of technologies that seem to accelerate speed and reduce distances.  Digital technologies such as broadband internet, IoT, smartphones, social media, webcams, Skype, mobile messaging apps, satellites, mobile payments, mobile banking, digital commerce, etc.  All of these digital technologies and capabilities enable us to experience events, participate in activities and collaborate instantly from anywhere in the world.  These capabilities change our expectations and habits, both personally and in our commercial dealings.


Organizations that don’t recognize how their customers’ realities and perceptions are changing and why – won’t succeed.

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Huawei Registers Modest Net Profit As Focus Turns To IoT

Chinese telecom device maker Huawei realized global sales of CNY521.6 billion, a year-on-year increase of 32%; and it realized net profit of CNY37.1 billion, a year-on-year increase of 0.4%.

According to the company’s annual financial report, Huawei’s three major business lines — carrier, enterprise, and device — achieved stable growth in 2016. At the same time, the company continued to invest for the future and its research and development expense reached CNY76.4 billion during the reporting period.

For the carrier business sector, Huawei focused on digital transformation and seized opportunities like cloud computing services, streaming video, Internet of Things, and operational transformation. The company’s sales in this sector increased by 24% year-on-year to CNY290.6 billion in 2016.

For its enterprise business sector, Huawei focused on information and communication technology infrastructure and cooperated with partners to promote the digital transformation of important industries, including public safety and government, finance, and energy. In this sector, Huawei’s sales achieved a year-on-year increase of 47% to CNY40.7 billion.

In regards to its consumer business, Huawei’s smartphone shipments in 2016 reached 139 million units and it achieved sales of CNY179.8 billion, a year-on-year increase of 44%.

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Chatbots Rising – Learning from Oracle's Suhas Uliyar

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    TSMC Will Start Volume Production Of iPhone's A11 Chips

    Taiwanese semiconductor manufacturer and Apple’s chip partner TSMC will reportedly start volume production of A11 chips from April 2017, which will be supplied to the new-generation iPhones to be launched in September 2017.

    The A11 chips will adopt the 10-nanometer FinFET manufacturing process. However, this is not TSMC’s first 10-nanometer chip product. The company started using a 10-nanometer manufacturing process from late last year and it started supply the chips from the first quarter of 2017.

    TSMC’s production and supply planning of A11 chips is basically the same as those for iPhone 7. By the end of 2017, the company is expected to make 100 million A11 chips, which is a little bit higher than the supply of A10 Fusion chips. A10 Fusion chips are quad-core chips used on iPhone 7 products and it adopted a 16-nanometer process.

    The new A11 chips will be used on iPhone 7s or iPhone 8. TSMC will start volume production of A11 chips from April 2017 and its shipment may reach 50 million units before July 2017.

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    Mi Pay Claims To Support 33 Banks, 90%+ Users Are Males

    Xiaomi’s payment service Mi Pay recently published its semi-annual user statistics report and claims that three new banks support Mi Pay bringing the total number of banks supporting Mi Pay to 33.

    Meanwhile, over one million Mi Pay users have bound their credit cards to Mi Pay accounts.

    According to the report, 18 banks supported Mi Pay when the service was launched and the number now increases to 33, including 14 medium and large joint-stock commercial banks such as Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Bank of China, China Construction Bank, Bank of Communications, and China Merchants Bank. Of those banks, China Construction Bank, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, and China Merchants Bank were the most popular among Mi fans.

    The report also shows that Mi Pay is currently available on Xiaomi’s five flagship modes with the NFC function: Xiaomi 5, Xiaomi 5s, Xiaomi 5s Plus, Xiaomi Note 2, and Xiaomi MIX. Of those products, Xiaomi Note 2 was the most popular among Mi fans.

    By region, Guangdong province ranked first by Mi Pay user number and trade value; by age, over 70% Mi Pay users are young people born after the 1990s; and by gender, up to 91.6% of Mi Pay users are male.

    Public files show that on September 1, 2016, Xiaomi cooperated with China UnionPay for the official launch of Mi Pay, making it another smartphone maker that partnered with China UnionPay following Apple, Samsung, and Huawei.

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    Analyzing Retail Through Digital Lenses

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    1. Digital Thinking and Beyond!
    2. Measuring the Pace of Change in the Fourth Industrial Revolution
    3. How Digital Thinking Separates Retail Leaders from Laggards
    4. To Bot, or Not to Bot
    5. Oils, Bots, AI and Clogged Arteries
    6. Artificial Intelligence Out of Doors in the Kingdom of Robots
    7. How Digital Leaders are Different
    8. The Three Tsunamis of Digital Transformation – Be Prepared!
    9. Bots, AI and the Next 40 Months
    10. You Only Have 40 Months to Digitally Transform
    11. Digital Technologies and the Greater Good
    12. Video Report: 40 Months of Hyper-Digital Transformation
    13. Report: 40 Months of Hyper-Digital Transformation
    14. Virtual Moves to Real in with Sensors and Digital Transformation
    15. Technology Must Disappear in 2017
    16. Merging Humans with AI and Machine Learning Systems
    17. In Defense of the Human Experience in a Digital World
    18. Profits that Kill in the Age of Digital Transformation
    19. Competing in Future Time and Digital Transformation
    20. Digital Hope and Redemption in the Digital Age
    21. Digital Transformation and the Role of Faster
    22. Digital Transformation and the Law of Thermodynamics
    23. Jettison the Heavy Baggage and Digitally Transform
    24. Digital Transformation – The Dark Side
    25. Business is Not as Usual in Digital Transformation
    26. 15 Rules for Winning in Digital Transformation
    27. The End Goal of Digital Transformation
    28. Digital Transformation and the Ignorance Penalty
    29. Surviving the Three Ages of Digital Transformation
    30. The Advantages of an Advantage in Digital Transformation
    31. From Digital to Hyper-Transformation
    32. Believers, Non-Believers and Digital Transformation
    33. Forces Driving the Digital Transformation Era
    34. Digital Transformation Requires Agility and Energy Measurement
    35. A Doctrine for Digital Transformation is Required
    36. Digital Transformation and Its Role in Mobility and Competition
    37. Digital Transformation – A Revolution in Precision Through IoT, Analytics and Mobility
    38. Competing in Digital Transformation and Mobility
    39. Ambiguity and Digital Transformation
    40. Digital Transformation and Mobility – Macro-Forces and Timing
    41. Mobile and IoT Technologies are Inside the Curve of Human Time

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    Xiaomi Builds Second Manufacturing Plant In India

    Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has cooperated with Foxconn in the building of its second Indian manufacturing plant, which is located in Sri City, Andhra Pradesh.

    Xiaomi entered the Indian market in 2014 and the company started local production one year after. Xiaomi’s first plant in India is not exclusive and Foxconn also makes phones for other brands. However, this new plant is exclusively for Xiaomi.

    Xiaomi did not disclose financial details about this project, but said they are able to produce one phone per second in India. Manu Jain, head of Xiaomi India, said that their two plants in India will offer 5,000 jobs in total and 90% of the employees are female workers.

    Xiaomi’s two Indian plants will be able to meet 95% of the demand in the local market. However, they still need to import parts and other high-end products such as Mi 5 components from China.

    Statistics provided by the market research firm IDC revealed that by the end of 2016, Xiaomi held 10.7% market share in India and the company was only second to the Korean smartphone maker Samsung, which held 25% market share.

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    Xiaomi Builds Second Manufacturing Plant In India

    Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has cooperated with Foxconn in the building of its second Indian manufacturing plant, which is located in Sri City, Andhra Pradesh.

    Xiaomi entered the Indian market in 2014 and the company started local production one year after. Xiaomi’s first plant in India is not exclusive and Foxconn also makes phones for other brands. However, this new plant is exclusively for Xiaomi.

    Xiaomi did not disclose financial details about this project, but said they are able to produce one phone per second in India. Manu Jain, head of Xiaomi India, said that their two plants in India will offer 5,000 jobs in total and 90% of the employees are female workers.

    Xiaomi’s two Indian plants will be able to meet 95% of the demand in the local market. However, they still need to import parts and other high-end products such as Mi 5 components from China.

    Statistics provided by the market research firm IDC revealed that by the end of 2016, Xiaomi held 10.7% market share in India and the company was only second to the Korean smartphone maker Samsung, which held 25% market share.

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