Tele­com chair probed for cor­rup­tion

China Daily (Canada) - - TOP NEWS - By MA SI masi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Chang Xiaob­ing, the chair­man of China Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Corp, the coun­try’s third-largest tele­com car­rier, is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion for sus­pected se­ri­ous dis­ci­plinary vi­o­la­tions — of­ten a ref­er­ence to cor­rup­tion-re­lated crimes.

He is the high­est-rank­ing of­fi­cial fromthe tele­com­sec­tor to date to be in­ves­ti­gated un­der the anti­graft cam­paign.

Chang’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion was an­nounced on Sun­day by the Cen­tral Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion, the top anti­graft­watch­dog.

He took the helm of the Sta­te­owned com­pany in Au­gust af­ter head­ing China United Net­work Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Group, the years.

Ex­perts said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of Chang has much to do with his ten­ure at China Uni­com, where he master­minded the com­pany’s ef­forts to de­velop coun­try’s sec­ond­largest car­rier, for 11 third-gen­er­a­tion com­mu­ni­ca­tion net­works.

In Novem­ber last year, two se­nior ex­ec­u­tives from China Uni­com were in­ves­ti­gated for sus­pected vi­o­la­tions of laws and reg­u­la­tions.

Xiang Li­gang, founder of the tele­com in­dus­try web­site cc­time.com, said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of Chang­will have a lim­ited im­pact on China Tele­com’s busi­ness.

“Chang ar­rived at China Tele­com in Au­gust and has hardly an­nounced any com­pany strate­gies and con­crete plans yet. So his case will not af­fect the com­pany’s ef­forts to roll out 4G net­works,” he said, adding that China Tele­com’s “stable” in­ter­nal sys­tems can keep daily oper­a­tions in or­der.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion comes amid ris­ing mar­ket spec­u­la­tion about a pos­si­ble merger be­tween China Tele­com and China Uni­com, which are join­ing hands to com­pete against China Mo­bile Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Corp, the coun­try’s largest car­rier by sub­scribers.

Ear­lier this month, China Tele­com and China Uni­com called for the stan­dard­iza­tion of smart­phone tech­nolo­gies shortly af­ter sign­ing a deal in Oc­to­ber to jointly con­struct 4G base sta­tions and share 4G re­sources.

Chang Xiaob­ing, chair­man of China Tele­com

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