China Mobile, the country's largest cellular carrier, said that it has developed a largescale nationwide fixed-line network including national internet protocol backbone CMNet. However it still awaits the receipt of a full telecoms licence by the industry regulator, South China Morning Postreported.
The network was built by leasing lines within cities linking high-traffic base-stations and it had been developed to support rapidly increasing voice wireless network traffic and to make savings on leased-line and interconnection costs.
In January the then Minister of Information Industry, Wu Jichuan, said that China was planning to develop four integrated carriers to provide a full range of telecoms services to ensure sufficient competition within the industry. Currently China has only one such carrier, China Unicom, though it generates about 85 per cent of revenue from its mobile services. The other candidates would be China's two fixed-line carriers, China Telecom and China Netcom.