Netcom chief confident of 3G licence award

12 Apr 2005

Edward Tian, chief executive of China’s second largest fixed line operator China Netcom, has told the Financial Times that he is confident of his company receiving a 3G mobile licence when Beijing finally awards the concessions, now expected to take place later this year. The Chinese government is widely tipped to issue three UMTS concessions in the final quarter of the year and Tian says he is sure that Netcom will receive one of them, thus securing the operator’s future at a time when the state is consolidating its myriad telecoms operators. ‘We will get a mobile licence, period,’ Tian told the newspaper.

China, China Netcom