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China To Go After Internet Phone Services

AP writes about the reported ban on VoIP services, including Skype, in China: A notice by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology on its website this month says it’s working to fight “illegal Internet...

China Telecom’s CDMA Ambition

From Caijing Magazine: China Telecom Co. Ltd. (HKSE: 00728), China’s largest fixed-line carrier, announced July 31 that its parent company China Telecom will conclude the takeover of China Unicom’s Code Division Multiple...

China Orders 6 Telecoms to Merge Their Assets

China is restructuring its telecommunications industry by merging the six major players and creating three companies to provide both telephone and Internet access throughout the country. From Bloomberg: Under the plan, the...

Suing the Net Nanny – Jeremy Goldkorn

Danwei writes about a man in Shanghai who is suing China Telecom for blocking access to his website which is hosted in the US: His is writing about the case on his blog (mostly in Chinese, but his English explanation is here). The case is being heard in Shanghai on Tuesday May 29, 2007. The […]

China ‘Ceasefire’ Over Fixed Lines – Mure Dickie

From Financial Times: China’s two fixed-line telephone operators have sealed a deal intended to limit competition and leave each in control of its core markets, according to a company official and local media. The deal between the parent companies of China Telecom and China Netcom highlights contradictions of interest inherent in the country’s state-controlled but […]

China Netcom Optimistic on 3G Licences – Justine Lau

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. […]

China blocks Skype web phone service – Mure Dickie

From the Financial Times: A local arm of China Telecom, the country’s biggest fixed-line telecommunications operator, has moved to block access to a computer-to-telephone call service offered internationally by Skype, the European internet telephony company. Skype does not offer the fee-paying “SkypeOut” service to mainland Chinese users of its software and the action against it […]

Justine Lau and Mure Dickie: China Telecom looks to enter wireless market

From the Financial Times: China TelecomChina Telecom, the country’s biggest fixed-line operator, has announced it wants to team up with a smaller rival to buy a national wireless network run by the second biggest mobile phone operator, China Unicom. The announcement by Wang Xiaochu, China Telecom’s new chairman, marked a dramatic intervention into debate about […]

Doug Young: China telcos push Internet TV, but who will watch?

From Reuters.com: China’s two fixed-line phone companies are moving ahead with plans to offer pay TV on their broadband networks, hoping to overcome tough restrictions on programming and squeeze more profits out of their infrastructure. China Telecom Corp., the larger of China’s two carriers, is operating a trial service in the relatively prosperous cities of […]

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