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China’s telecoms market is dominated by three state-owned operators – China Mobile, China Telecom, and China Unicom.


  • China is opening up telecoms markets to encourage investments and increase competition.
  • China is expected to achieve national broadband 2020 targets ahead of schedule.
  • The government is taking measures to promote the development of the Internet of Things (IoT) in the country.

Features and Benefits

  • Gain a detailed understanding of the regulatory environment in China.
  • Learn about spectrum policy in the country and licenses held by the operators in each market.

Key questions answered

  • What initiatives has the regulator taken to improve competition in the country?
  • What services are subject to regulation in the fixed and mobile wholesale markets in China?

Table of contents


  • In brief
  • Ovum view

Regulatory framework

  • National regulatory authority
  • Key legislation and regulation
  • Current status of market analysis


  • Spectrum policy
  • Wireless licensing

Wholesale fixed regulation

  • Services subject to regulation
  • Regulation of IPTV
  • Voice interconnection
  • Wholesale access
  • Wholesale broadband services

Wholesale mobile regulation

  • Services subject to regulation
  • Mobile market overview
  • Mobile termination charges
  • Roaming obligations

Other services subject to regulation

  • The retail market
  • The regulation of bundles
  • Quality of service
  • Advertising of broadband speeds
  • Terminating and switching out of contracts
  • VoIP
  • Regulatory position on OTTs
  • Regulatory position on IoT/M2M
  • Numbering policy
  • Data protection regulation

Universal service

  • Universal service provider
  • Universal service fund
  • Universal service obligation for broadband


  • Methodology
  • Author