From Financial Times:
Zuo Xunsheng, China Netcom chief, on Tuesday said he expected China to issue third-generation mobile licences as early as the first quarter of 2007.
He reiterated that Netcom would definitely receive a 3G licence to expand into mobile telephony.
“We will get a licence, perhaps next year’s first quarter,” said Mr Zuo.
His comments sent the company’s shares in Hong Kong up 8.5 per cent to HK$16.16. Rival China Telecom‘s shares surged 15.6 per cent to HK$4.01 on expectations that it would also receive a 3G licence. [Full Text]