“It’s the time for 3G license to be issued, because the technologies and market are reaching maturity”, said two officers of MII(Ministry of Information Industry), the minister Mr.Wang Xudong and vice minister Mr.Xi Guohua, yesterday. Moreover, Mr.Xi said at the year-end management conference of China Unicom that CUC won’t be splitted and hope to have its own 3G license, ie. CDMA2000. At the 3G arena, CUC will enjoy its advantages at 3G network upgrade. The upgrade cost of CDMA1x to CDMA2000 is around 1/3 of that of GSM/GPRS to WCDMA.
The industry are still full of gossips on the convergence of CUC and China Netcom, the most sensitive part of the “six into three” telecom operators re-org. According to some insiders, some CUC province companies at north China were undertaking many of capital-intensive projects to empty their capital deposit in order not to leave the money to the new company, while a few employees of CNC province companies at south China are hunting their new job opportunities.
All in all, the advantages of China Mobile (CMCC) will be enlarged along with any form of telecom operators re-org, not only because of their advantages of the simplicity of network and OSS/BOSS systems (therefore lower cost of maintenance and operations), but also the employee morale and management maturity.