China (country regulation overview)

Date: January 22, 2011
Pages: 19
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Publisher: Ovum
Report type: Brief Review
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China (country regulation overview)
Introduction

This report provides an extensive overview of the regulatory obligations at the retail and wholesale level for fixed and mobile. We also provide an overview of the national regulatory authority, key legislation and policies on convergence, broadcasting, and universal service.

Features and benefits
  • Provides clients with a detailed understanding of the regulatory environment in China.
Highlights

Insufficient competition exists in the Chinese fixed and mobile markets. China’s fixed market is a duopoly, with China Telecom and China Unicom the two dominant providers of local fixed network services. In the mobile market, there are three operators – China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Telecom – providing mobile services.

The State Council's decision on promotion of three-network convergence was an important industry transformation in 2010. The three-network convergence will significantly promote the development of FTTx and IPTV and mobile TV services. The Chinese IPTV and mobile TV will be one of the fastest-growing IPTV markets in the world in next two years.

China Mobile is deploying a TD-LTE trial networks in six cities and China Telecom announced its intention to move forward to LTE technology. The 2.6GHz band allocation is a key issue for operators to launch LTE services. So far the MIIT has not announced any plan yet. We expect in 2011 the MIIT will plan to issue 2.6GHz band frequencies.

Your key questions answered
  • What are the current regulatory and telecoms policies in China?
  • How do these policies and regulation impact the fixed, mobile, and broadband market and IPTV, mobile TV, and convergence services?
SUMMARY

In a nutshell
Ovum view

OVERVIEW

Fixed market overview
  Strong growth in the broadband market
Mobile market overview
National regulatory authority
Key legislation and regulation
  Convergence regulation

SPECTRUM

Spectrum policy
Wireless licensing
  2G licensing
  3G licensing

RETAIL REGULATION

Services subject to regulation
  Retail price regulation
  SMP operators in the retail market

WHOLESALE FIXED REGULATION

Services subject to regulation
  Regulation of IPTV
Voice interconnection
  Fixed termination charges
Wholesale access
Wholesale broadband services
  Bitstream access
  Local loop unbundling (LLU)

WHOLESALE MOBILE REGULATION

Services subject to regulation
  Mobile number portability
  Facility sharing and joint construction
  Mobile TV
Mobile termination charges
  SMS termination

COMPETITION CASES

Competition case outline

UNIVERSAL SERVICE

Universal service obligation

APPENDIX

Methodology
Author
Ovum Regulatory & Policy Consulting
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