China Mobile is unaware of any government-backed plan to force the merger of the mainland's four telecommunications carriers into two groups and has not been asked to take part in any talks on such a proposal, the company said. 'We haven't received any official notice regarding a proposed merger, nor have we been called to discuss it,' chairman and chief executive Wang Xiaochu said yesterday. Mr Wang said China Mobile remained focused on wireless communications and had no intention of buying a fixed-line business. 'All along, we have stressed that we will focus on mobile business,' Mr Wang said. 'We don't see any synergy in acquiring a fixed-line business, unless one day the technology advances to a level that it might create new business opportunities.' Last month, mainland media reported the State Council was studying a proposal to consolidate the nation's four telecommunications operators. China Mobile would be paired with China Netcom, while China Telecom would be married off to China Unicom. Mr Wang's comments were the first by a mainland telecommunications executive on the proposed plan. Should the central government push the consolidation plan, it must still win approval from shareholders. 'Of the four operators, three are listed companies. [Any mergers or acquisitions] will have to be in accordance with market practice,' Mr Wang said. He noted the Assets Supervision and Administration Commission under the State Council, the controlling shareholder of the four carriers, would not be allowed to vote on any merger proposal. Meanwhile, China Mobile shareholders have approved a plan to buy the remaining provincial assets, worth US$3.65 billion, belonging to the parent company.