FIVE students from the University of Science and Technology went to the mainland to study the development of the telecommunications industry. The student-initiated visit 'Project Foresight' brought the five University of Science and Technology students - Almond Kwan Man-leung, Ching Chin-pang, Chu Wai-kuen, Leung Yin-hin and To Pui-seng - to visit China's Ministry of Posts and Telecommunication and Ministry of Electronic Industry. They also met top executive officers of US telecommunication corporations such as AT&T and Silicon Graphics. Two telecommunications companies have evolved from the ministries, they discovered. The two new companies - China Telecom and China Unicom - will give mainlanders autonomy over accounting. The chairman of the Hong Kong team, Almond Kwan Man-leung, said: 'Telecommunication demand grew 40 per cent last year in China. It is a mass market out there. He said that Chinese people needed the basics - telephone lines, televisions and Internet services. 'At the moment, it takes 5,000 yuan (HK$4,600) and about a year for a Beijing citizen to apply for a phone line, yet the demands are still growing,' said Mr Kwan.