China to open up VoIP market? – Sylvia Carr

From Silicon.com (link):

Speculation is growing that China could be about to relax restrictions on its voice over IP () market.

A report last week in The Beijing News said the Chinese government has granted a VoIP licence to a southern Chinese telecoms company for a pilot programme, and carriers and virtual network operators (VNO) will be allowed to apply for the licences starting in 2007.

So far Chinese telecoms operators that have received government approval to trial VoIP services declined to do so because they believed it would threaten their fixed-line services revenues, according to the newspaper.

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