China’s Ministry of Information Industry (MII) has issued an International Communications Facilities Service Licence to China Tietong, one of the People’s Republic’s smaller fixed line operators. China Tietong becomes the fifth operator to have been awarded such a concession: the others are China Telecom, China Mobile, China Unicom and China Netcom. Local media report that MII gave China Tietong the licence to make up for the unequal competition it has been facing with in recent years. Previously, China Tietong was only licensed to provide the public with basic telecom services and value-added telecom services.
China Tietong says it has connected ten Chinese port cities with Hong Kong, Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Korea and Vietnam through trans-border cables, to meet the demands of international railway operators. The company says that the new licence will help it reduce the operation costs for international services.