Telecommunications in the People'S Republic of China

China Mobile assets expand to 738b yuan

Total assets of China Mobile Communications Corp expanded to 737.5 billion yuan (HK$804.6 billion) in the first nine months last year, reaffirming its rank as the mainland's top telecommunications operator.

Thursday, 28 February, 2008, 12:00am

Beijing gives all-clear to telecoms restructuring

Mergers and management reshuffles to boost competition

The Communist Party has reportedly signed off on the long-awaited restructuring of the telecommunications industry that will include a series of mega mergers and a reshuffle of senior executives.

11 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Surfers drive increase in mobile internet use

The number of internet users in the mainland rose 24 per cent last year, partly driven by rapid growth in mobile internet customers, according to a survey by China Internet Network Information Centre.

24 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Internet disruption may last for week or longer

Taiwanese quake damages six of the seven major cables serving Hong Kong

Internet users in Hong Kong could face up to a week or more of disruptions as efforts get under way to repair underwater telecommunications cables damaged in Tuesday's earthquake off Taiwan.

29 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Business Digest

china mobile sets record for new subscribers

China Mobile (Hong Kong) added a record 4.37 million subscribers last month after the company cut rates and competition eased.

China Mobile gained 293,000 contract users and 4.08 million pre-paid subscribers, bringing the total to 269.3 million by the end of last month, the company said.

21 Jun 2006 - 12:00am


The number of mainland mobile telephone users is expected to top fixed-line users by early next year, according to a research deputy director at Ministry of Information Industry. China's mobile users stood at 195.83 million at the end of last month compared with 209 million fixed-line users in the same period.

29 Nov 2002 - 12:00am

China Telecom teams up to offer faster connections

Updated at 4.55pm, Wednesday: China Telecom, the national fixed-line phone service provider, will team up with a Shanghai satellite network company to offer fast, interactive connections to Internet users in China's biggest city.

22 Nov 2000 - 12:00am

Foreign firms to receive broad access to telecoms

Washington has revealed foreign companies are to gain access to a broad section of the mainland's telecommunications sector, including Internet, paging, mobile and satellite services.

The US yesterday revealed full details of the telecoms agreement between Washington and Beijing, struck in negotiations for the mainland's World Trade Organisation entry.

16 Mar 2000 - 12:00am

High spending, strong demand to fuel growth

The mainland telecommunications market will probably maintain fast growth this year, thanks to increased infrastructure spending, domestic demand and limited dependence on the Asian economy, a report says.

The Ministry of Finance announced a bond issue worth 100 billion yuan (about HK$93 billion) earlier this month to fund infrastructure construction.

14 Sep 1998 - 12:00am

Early starter becomes a late developer

Although telephone communications were introduced to the mainland more than 115 years ago, Japan's invasion, civil war and Maoist priorities prevented popularisation of the technology until recently.

The mainland's first telephone service began in Shanghai's concession districts in 1881, when a local battery-powered telephone was used.

11 Jun 1998 - 12:00am

Lucent's China deal

Lucent Technologies has won a US$10 million contract to supply a dedicated wireless digital data network in China.

6 Jan 1998 - 12:00am

Optical fibre network for Xinjiang region

China's biggest regional optical fibre telecommunications network has been built in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in the northwestern part of the country.

The network includes a 3,360-kilometre optical fibre project in the region's northern and southern sections, reaching 13 prefectural cities and 37 counties or cities, according to Xinhua.

1 Dec 1997 - 12:00am

China service on Net

China has linked its own information network to the Internet, only days after blocking mainland users from accessing Western media Web sites and pages run by dissidents overseas.

The Golden Bridge Network linked up computer networks in 24 major Chinese cities and its new connection to the Internet would expand communications with the outside world, the China Daily reported.

10 Sep 1996 - 12:00am

Line free for smart investors

MAJOR opportunities exist for astute investors in underdeveloped telecommunications markets such as Indonesia.

The country's telecommunications infrastructure is the least developed in Asia and among the least developed in the world.

14 Jul 1996 - 12:00am

Investment sparks growth of domestic phone services

China's telephone network doubled during the Seventh Five-Year Plan, with the number of lines reaching 11.2 million by 1990.

China now has more than 40 million lines, up from the 30 million estimated by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) at the end of 1994.

19 Apr 1996 - 12:00am