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China Telecom adds cell users

CHINA Telecom added mobile phone users in January, the first time since the company reported its newly-acquired mobile business in October, the country's biggest fixed-line phone carrier said yesterday.

It added 1.02 million wireless users to bring the total to 28.9 million as of the end of January. Before that, it lost 1.17 million CDMA (code division multiple access) mobile phone users from October to December. In the national telecommunications industry revamp, China Telecom acquired China Unicom's CDMA network and business, which allowed them to launch mobile services.

In the fixed-line sector, China Telecom lost 970,000 fixed-line customers last month, reducing its total to 207.4 million.

China Telecom aims to add 35 million mobile-phone users this year as it prepares to roll out faster 3G services next month.

China Telecom's rivals are China Mobile, which has launched a 3G service based on TD-SCDMA (time division-synchronous CDMA) technology, and China Unicom, which will launch 3G services in May based on WCDMA (wideband CDMA).

"China Telecom will have relatively lower costs and be faster to market to upgrade CDMA networks for 3G services," said research firm Ovum.

Total 3G-related investment will reach 280 billion yuan (US$41 billion) by 2010, according to the industry regulator, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.



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