New telecom law due for August: 3G concessions could come sooner

11 Jan 2006

According to an announcement by the Ministry of Information Industry (MII), China will begin to revise its telecoms law in August this year. The new draft of the legislation will deal will issues such as convergence, fixed number portability and interconnection. The regulator has also been making rumblings about the long-running question of when and how it will award 3G licences. Analysts predict that it will almost certainly issue them this year, though a detailed timetable will depend on whether the state will press ahead with plans to reshuffle some of the domestic players.