China: Operator to build national IP backbone
Copyright 2002 Janet Matthews Information Services
Quest Economics Database
China Economic Review…11/01/2002
China Telecom, the fixed-line operator that is dominant in southern China, is to build an IP communications backbone in the north of the country, reported the Financial Times. The US network equipment supplier, Cisco Systems, will supply technology and products in a deal worth about $2 million.
The network will replace one that China Telecom was obliged to hand over to China Netcom as part of a government-ordered restructuring of the industry to introduce competition in the fixed-line sector. With China Netcom expected to expand in the south, the two companies are set to compete head on in all parts of the country.