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Telecom firm accused over 'jamming' tactics

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 rival's 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, yesterday's Oriental Morning Post reported.

Wenzhou Mobile staff claimed they were testing the firm's 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 the 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 the local police station, said officers had investigated the case and the incident had been "basically solved" after talks were held between officials of the two companies.

A Wenzhou Telecom worker surnamed Wu reported the case to 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.

Zhejiang's telecom authorities are investigating.


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