China Telecom to offer its brand of wireless service in U.S.
China Telecom Corp. plans to offer wireless service to consumers in the U.S. next year in a bid to attract Chinese Americans who spend time in both countries, according to a Bloomberg report.
The service would be under the company's own brand and would provide users with handsets with two lines; one would work in the U.S. and the other in China, Donald Tan, president of China Telecom Americas, told Bloomberg. He added that the company might consider building or buying its own wireless network in the U.S. if the service was successful.
China Telecom is the world's largest wireline telecommunications and broadband services provider and the world's largest CDMA mobile operator, according to the company's website. At the end of March, it had more than 66 million wireline broadband subscribers and more than 100 million mobile subscribers.
Tan said the company is increasingly turning to consumers for business, especially in large cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago and New York that have large Chinese communities.
-- Andrea Chang
Photo: Cellphone users in Beijing. Credit: Natalie Behring / For The Times