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Telco accused of jamming own network

A TELECOM company in east China's Zhejiang Province has been accused of using a large number of mobile phones to jam its own network and block its rivals' clients.

Police in Wenzhou City found that a van from the Wenzhou branch of China Mobile in the city's university area on Monday, had more than 200 phones in use on board on talk, today's Oriental Morning Post reported.

Wenzhou Mobile staff claimed they were testing the company's telecom network, but industry insiders said testing was normally done late at night to reduce the effects on customers. They said it was rare to use 200 phones for testing.

Insiders suspected the company was trying to jam its network by having many phones in use, citing witnesses who said that more than 10 such vans were seen touring in the university area recently.

Students had complained that phones on a special package introduced by Wenzhou Telecom this year had difficulty connecting to Wenzhou Mobile customers, while they functioned well when getting through to networks of other telecom companies.

Zhao Jing, director of local police station, said police had investigated the case and the incident had been "basically quenched" after communications were held between officials of Wenzhou Mobile and Wenzhou Telecom.

A Wenzhou Telecom worker surnamed Wu reported the case to the police after spotting four Wenzhou Mobile workers in a van, each working with four phones, the Oriental Morning Post report said.

His suspicions were aroused as he remembered the complaints about the unstable telecom service on campus.
He called on several coworkers and opened the van's door and found about 200 phones were in use.

Zhejiang's provincial telecom authority has launched an investigation, an unnamed official with China Telecom's Zhejiang branch told the newspaper.


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