China's telecommunication regulators will take various measures to ensure
the steady launching of the 3G project in the country in 2007.
Wang Xudong, minister of Information Industry (MII), made the remark at a
recent tele-conference on national information industry.
3G refers to the third-generation mobile communication technology following
the first generation of analog communication technology (1G) and second
generation of mobile communication technology (2G).
The most prominent feature of 3G phones, said experts, is that it provides
not only a "communication tool", but also multimedia services in voice, data and
video and wireless Internet access. China has promised to provide 3G services
before Olympic 2008 in Beijing.
Conditions are mature for China's 3G development after years of research and
trials, Wang said.
Experts believe that the MII will take this opportunity to regroup domestic
telecommunication operators through 3G licence issuance.
Encouraged by the imminent start of 3G program and possible merger or
acquisition whereafter, the share price of China Unicom soared by 10 percent
daily limit on the mainland market Wednesday, while China Netcom soared more
than 30 percent in Hong Kong the same day.
It is expected that the total value of telecommunication service on the
Chinese mainland would amount to 1.87 trillion yuan (about 240 billion U.S.
dollars) in 2007, a year-on-year growth of 23 percent, according to