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China Mobile joins Pakistan’s 3G auction
15 March 2012
Chairman says China Mobile to provide W-CDMA network if it wins auction, and looks for other international investments
China Mobile Communications is to bid in Pakistan’s 3G wireless spectrum auction, according to reports from China.
China Mobile chairman Wang Jianzhou told China Daily: “If we succeed [in the auction], we will provide the Pakistani people with 3G services on a Wideband Code Division Multiple Access network, as the spectrum being auctioned are suitable for WCDMA technology.”
Wang said this move was part of the company’s strategy to expand operations in more emerging markets. He also said China Mobile was looking to acquire minority stake in telecommunications operators in North America or Europe.
China Mobile’s involvement in foreign markets has so far been restricted to Pakistan. It acquired Pakistani operator Paktel in 2007, which was renamed China Mobile Pakistan — CMPak.
Fan Yunjun, CEO of CMPak, recently told a news website that China Mobile’s investment in Pakistan had reached $1.5 billion. China Mobile also aims to invest in TDD LTE technology, said the report. GTB
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