China Telecom plans to launch mobile service in US

China Telecom's service is geared for customers who frequently travel between the US and China

China Telecom plans to launch a mobile service in the U.S. geared for Chinese-Americans, students and tourists who frequently travel between both countries, according to a company spokeswoman.

China Telecom's U.S. subsidiary is still in the planning stages for the service, and has yet to determine the exact launch date, said company spokeswoman Lisa Lai.

The service would launch as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), Lai added, without specifying which U.S. partners China Telecom would work with. MVNOs work by purchasing network capacity from existing operators and reselling it to customers.

China Telecom has 116 million mobile subscribers in its own home country, making it the smallest of China's three mobile carriers. Launching the service could help boost the company's user numbers, given that there are many Chinese who travel to and from the U.S., said Nicole Peng, a research director for analyst firm Canalys.

"Their main interest isn't really to compete in the U.S. market," she added.

China Telecom, however, is a state-owned enterprise and its plan to launch its mobile service could attract unwanted scrutiny from U.S. regulatory authorities. The same has happened to Chinese networking equipment suppler Huawei, a company U.S. officials are concerned is linked with the Chinese military. Several Huawei business deals have been blocked as a result.

"(China Telecom) is a large Chinese company, and the U.S. might not be happy to see this," Peng said. "It will be interesting to see how the U.S. government handles this, because in the past when Huawei was making investments in the U.S., there were a lot of issues."

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags China TelecomNetworkingwireless

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Michael Kan

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Essentials

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?