China plans to issue 3G licenses

Ewdison Then - Dec 28, 2005, 11:28 am CDT

CHINA will publish its long-awaited policies on third-generation telecommunications, assign frequencies and grant licenses next year, Wang Xudong, head of the Ministry of Information Industry, told a conference in Beijing yesterday.

Though industry insiders have long been predicting that 3G technology would be employed next year, Wang’s remarks represented the first formal announcement of a timetable by a high-level official.

The minister also reported that China’s phone users will increase by almost half to 1 billion in 2010, and that the information-technology sector will generate 2.26 trillion yuan (US$280 billion), accounting for 10 percent of the country’s total gross domestic product, thanks to the emerging 3G market.

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