China’s leading telephone operator, China Telecom, is accelerating the
deployment of public WiFi networks, and plans to launch a new round in the
bidding process to acquire wireless networking equipment in 21 Chinese
provinces, according to a recent report by Shanghai Securities News.
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The telecom giant’s interest in WiFi, which sets the stage for dualmode cell
phones and wireless VoIP, indicates that it may be poised to abandon Personal
Handyphone System (PHS)based services, according to industry insiders.
China’s telecom industry is currently undergoing a reshuffle, in which
statecontrolled wireless carrier, China Unicom’s CDMA cell phone network will
likely be transferred to the landline incumbent, which is also state owned. This
will allow China Telecom to smoothly transfer its PHS users onto CDMAbased
cellular networks, experts predict.
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