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China to Shut Down PHS by 2011

Sina Tech, 2/03/09

A China Mobile (NYSE: CHL; 0941.HK) spokesperson revealed that the government agency overseeing spectrum allocation requires the 1900-1920MHz wireless frequency to be cleared before the end of 2011 to ensure it does not interfere with the TD-SCDMA system to be launched on the neighboring 1880-1900MHz frequency band.

The 1900-1920MHz band was originally allocated nationally for PHS use. According to sources from China Telecom (NYSE: CHA; 0728.HK) and China Unicom (NYSE: CHU; 0762.HK; 600050.SH), the companies have received documents from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) stating that the withdrawal of PHS should be finished before the end of 2011.

Keywords: timetable 2011 China Mobile China Telecom China Unicom MIIT PHS spectrum TD-SCDMA wireless 0728.HK 0762.HK 3G 600050.SH CHA CHU

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