China Tele­com ready to take on the world

Na­tion’s mo­bile car­rier seek­ing to ex­pand to in­for­ma­tion ser­vices

China Daily (Canada) - - BUSINESS - By SHEN JINGTING shen­jingt­ing@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

China Tele­com Corp Ltd, the largest fixed-line ser­vice and the third-big­gest mo­bile net­work op­er­a­tor in China, aims to be­come a world leader in in­te­grated in­for­ma­tion ser­vices by 2016.

As an in­creas­ing num­ber of Chi­nese en­ter­prises ex­pand over­seas, China Tele­com hopes to play an ac­tive role in sup­port­ing them with seam­less global in­for­ma­tion ser­vices, Deng Xiaofeng, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of China Tele­com Global Ltd, told a news con­fer­ence in Bei­jing on Thurs­day.

Hong Kong-based China Tele­com Global Ltd was es­tab­lished in 2012 and is solely re­spon­si­ble for China Tele­com’s global busi­ness op­er­a­tions. It has about 700 staff around the world,

Deng said his com­pany’s sales have grown 20 per­cent an­nu­ally in re­cent years, about dou­ble the in­dus­try aver­age.

“We will launch cloud­based ser­vices across the globe, cov­er­ing ma­jor world cities, in­clud­ing Lon­don, Frankfurt and Syd­ney, this year,” Deng said.

The cloud ser­vice will mainly fo­cus on Chi­nese com­pa­nies that plan to go global. For ex­am­ple, when Chi­nese In­ter­net com­pa­nies such as Ten­cent Hold­ings Ltd and Alibaba Group Hold­ing Ltd ex­pand over­seas, they will re­quire ro­bust IT and tele­com sup­port, he pointed out.

China Tele­com will pro­vide Chi­nese en­ter­prises with com­pre­hen­sive com­mu­ni­ca­tions in­for­ma­tion so­lu­tion pack­ages, in­clud­ing in­ter­na­tional voice ser­vices, lo­cal In­ter­net ac­cess and long-dis­tance, high-qual­ity video­con­fer­ences.

To pro­vide those ser­vices, China Tele­com will co­op­er­ate with global tele­com oper­a­tors. The com­pany has formed al­liances with more than 200 ma­jor tele­com car­ri­ers in dif­fer­ent coun­tries, in­clud­ing AT&T Inc in the United States and Or­ange SA in France.

“Only if we keep stretch­ing our ca­pa­bil­i­ties and ac­cu­mu­lat­ing re­sources can we truly co­op­er­ate and com­pete with world-class tele­com car­ri­ers on a level play­ing field,” said Deng.

China Tele­com first tested the wa­ters of the global mar­ket in 2002, when it set up a sub­sidiary in the US.

The com­pany in­te­grated its businesses in the Asi­aPa­cific re­gion, the Amer­i­cas and Europe by form­ing China Tele­com Global Ltd two years ago.

China Tele­com has seen its over­seas busi­ness de­velop rapidly. The com­pany now owns the world’s largest op­ti­cal fiber net­work con­sist­ing of more than 30 un­der­wa­ter and land­based ca­bles.

It has es­tab­lished more than 40 net­work points of pres­ence in 28 coun­tries to achieve a seam­less global con­nec­tion.

Com­pared with some leading global tele­com car­ri­ers, such as BT Group Plc and Or­ange, Deng ad­mit­ted that China Tele­com still lags in terms of re­sources, global op­er­at­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and ser­vice qual­ity.

“But we are catch­ing up”, he said.

Wang Xiaochu, China Tele­com’s chair­man, said in an ear­lier in­ter­view with China Daily that China Tele­com will also ag­gres­sively pur­sue over­seas merg­ers and ac­qui­si­tions.

”It’s def­i­nite that China Tele­com will con­duct M&As glob­ally, and we’re groom­ing our talent to be bet­ter-pre­pared,” Wang said. Huang Yu­fan con­trib­uted to this story.

FANG DE­HUA /FOR CHINA DAILY

A cus­tomer makes a call in the busi­ness hall of China Tele­com in Linyi city, Shan­dong prov­ince, last April..

LIU JUNFENG /FOR CHINA DAILY

China Tele­com pro­motes new cell­phone ser­vice in Yichang, Hubei.

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