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IBS Research Center (2008)
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Fixed line operator China Telecom was set to merge with the mobile phone network operator, China Unicom. The merger would enable China Telecom to buy the CDMA (code division multiple access) network of China Unicom for 110 billion renminbi and thus to acquire a long awaited 3G (third generation) license. However, this consolidation drive would create a monopoly in the fixed line and CDMA business in China and might become a major obstacle in developing China's telecommunications industry. Moreover, industry experts believed that China's telecom industry badly needed competition from international telecom giants in order to offer quality services.

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Telecom; China; China Telecom; China Unicom; Third generation (3G) licenses in China; First generation mobile standards; Second generation mobile standards; Third generation mobile standards; GSM (global system for mobile communications); CDMA (code division multiple access); TD-SCDMA (time division synchronised CDMA); China Netcom; China Mobile; PHS (Personal Handy phone System); MII (The Ministry of Industry Information); MPT (Ministry of Posts and Telecom); DGT (Directorate General of Telecommunications)
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