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China Telecom: WTO Obligations to Regulate Mobile Communications Standards in China  
 
Product Ref: 07/344C Company: China Telecom

Product Type: Case Industry: IT
Telecommunication Services

Related Product(s): Teaching Note
The rise of China Telecom,s Xiaolingtong mobile technology has given rise to a regulatory debate. Xiaolingtong behaves like a mobile phone (users can roam from city to city and their wireless handsets have SIM cards), but since the technology runs off the fixed-line telecommunications backbone, it is regulated as a fixed-line system. Therefore, although it competes with mobile service providers, it always has the upper hand since it charges fixed-line rates, thereby skewing the mobile market in its favour. Is the Ministry of Information Industry turning a blind eye to this emerging communications technology?
Functional Area : Economics & Business Policy

Issues: Xiaolingtong, Little Smart, WTO, accession, MII, telecommunications regulation, China Telecom, China Mobile, barriers to trade, telecom
Length: Text: 8 pages
Exhibits: 0 pages
Country: China (People's Rep. of)

Pub. Year: 2007 Level of Difficulty: 1
         
This product type is available in the following language(s):      English
         
Related Information: Rise and regulation of Xiaolingtong (Little Smart) technology in China, China's compliance with the WTO agreement on technical barriers to trade.
 
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