Copying and distributing are prohibited without permission of the publisher
Switching telecoms in China
01 December 2004
As Chinese operators await possible reorganization, Alan Burkitt-Gray interviews Li Zhengmao, vice president of China Unicom, the country's only integrated operator, with both GSM and CDMA mobile networks, and likely to be central to the country's telecoms strategy
telecoms business is in a state of rapid change. While
manufacturers such as ZTE are busy expanding into international
markets, telecoms operators at home in China are facing the
prospect of reorganization.
The first hint of that started in
October when - with inevitable government influence - the
largest operators swapped their management around. This was
believed to be part of an attempt to head off fierce
competition from the main competitors over who would get
China's imminent 3G licences.
Wang Jianzhou, until now president
of China Unicom, became president of China Mobile, replacing
Zhang Ligui who retired because of age. On the same day, Wang
Xiaochu left China Mobile, where he was vice president, to
become president of China Telecom.
Meanwhile Chang Xiaobing, former
deputy general manager at China Telecom, has become the new
chairman of China Unicom.
Such senior management changes could only have occurred with
To continue reading this article, please register for an extended free trial by going to the box below. If you are already a subscriber or a trialist, please log in...
Already have an account?
Subscribers have unlimited access to all current and archive content. Start your
subscription today - click on the button below.
Taking a free trial will give you access to all of Global Telecoms Business(possibly excluding some surveys and articles).
Registration is quick. Start your free extended trial today.