China may issue 3G licences in April or May

18 Dec 2006

The Chinese government is ‘very likely’ to issue 3G licences in April or May next year, according to a senior researcher with the State-owned Asset Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC). ‘Although it is still possible for 3G licences to arrive before the Chinese New Year, February 18, April or May will be a more appropriate time for the release,’ Lu Qijun, vice director of the SASAC’s New Industry Research Department, told Interfax. The SASAC is the administrator of all state-owned companies in China and is the majority shareholder of China Mobile, China Unicom, China Telecom, and China Netcom. According to Lu, it is still unclear which 3G standards each operator is going to use, and said that the restructuring of Chinese telecom operators is still uncertain.