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China telecom sector shake-up to take half a year

18 июля 2008

China confirms it won't be providing 3G services based on WCDMA, CDMA2000 during Olympics.

The restructuring of China's telecommunications industry will take about half a year, Vice Minister of Industry and Information Technology Xi Guohua said Thursday.

Chinese regulators said in May they will issue third-generation mobile-phone licenses after the restructuring, which will merge the country's six operators into three.

There is uncertainty, however, when the restructuring will be completed. The mergers are expected to be finalized by the end of the year, but operational integration will take longer.

Speaking at a press conference about telecom services for the Olympics, Xi didn't give a specific timeline for the industry restructuring.

Confirming expectations, Xi said
China won't provide services based on two 3G technologies developed abroad - Wideband Code Division Multiple Access and CDMA2000 - during the Olympics.

China Mobile Communications Corp., the parent of China Mobile Ltd., will loan handsets based on the locally developed technology, Time Division Synchronous Code Division Multiple Access, or TD-SCDMA, to tourists during the Olympics, the minister said.

has pledged to offer 3G services, which allow high-speed Web surfing, during the Olympic games.

Источник: Total Telecom

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