China Telecom

China Telecom Corp., Ltd. is a Chinese telecommunications company.[4] It is one of the listed companies of state-owned China Telecommunications Corporation. Its H share traded in the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong since 15 November 2002.[5] It is a constituent of Hang Seng China Enterprises Index, the index for H share of state-controlled listed companies.

China Telecom
Traded as
Unlisted(A share)
SEHK: 728(H share)
Founded10 September 2002 (2002-09-10)
FounderChina Telecommunications Corporation
Area served
most of mainland China
Key people
Yang Jie(chairman & CEO)[1][2]
Revenue CN¥352.285 billion[3]:129 (2016)
CN¥027.201 billion[3]:129 (2016)
CN¥018.004 billion[3]:129 (2016)
Total assets CN¥652.368 billion[3]:127 (2016)
Total equity CN¥315.324 billion[3]:128 (2016)
OwnerChina Telecommunications Corporation (70.89%)
Number of employees
287,076[3]:85 (2016)
ParentChina Telecommunications Corporation
Footnotes / references
in a consolidated financial statement[3]
China Telecom Corp., Ltd.
Simplified Chinese中国电信股份有限公司
Traditional Chinese中國電信股份有限公司
China Telecom
Simplified Chinese中国电信
Traditional Chinese中國電信

China Telecom was a brand of China Telecommunications Corporation, but after marketization of China, the state-owned enterprise spin off the brand and operating companies as a separate group, floating it in the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong.

As of 2017, it had 153 million customers that are using China Telecommunications Corporation's internet service, which 134 million of them belongs to the listed company, China Telecom Corp., Ltd.[6]


China Telecom Corp., Ltd. was incorporated on 10 September 2002 as a limited company[3]:133 in order to float some of the assets of the group in the stock exchange, specifically the wireline telecommunications business in Shanghai, Guangdong, Jiangsu and Zhejiang, as well as other assets from the parent company.[3]

In 2003, it acquired business in Anhui, Fujian, Jiangxi, Guangxi, Chongqing, Sichuan, as well as other assets for CN¥46 billion.[3] In 2004, it acquired business in Hubei, Hunan, Hainan, Guizhou, Yunnan, Shaanxi, Gansu, Qinghai, Ningxia and Xinjiang and other assets for CN¥27.8 billion.[3][7] In 2007, it acquired three companies China Telecom System Integration, China Telecom Global and China Telecom (Americas) for CN¥1.408 billion.[3] In 2008 the business in Beijing (as China Telecom Group Beijing) was acquired for CN¥5.557 billion.[3]:134 In 2011, e-commerce business and video media business were acquired by China Telecom's subsidiaries E-surfing Pay and E-surfing Media. However, subsidiary E-surfing Media was sold back to the parent company in 2013.[3]:134 In 2012, digital trunking business was acquired from sister company Besttone Holding (a listed company of Shanghai Stock Exchange) for CN¥48 million.[3] In 2013, China Telecom (Europe) was acquired from the parent company for CN¥278 million.[3]

In 2015, China Telecom formed a joint venture China Tower with fellow state-owned telecommunication companies China Mobile and China Unicom.[8][9] China Tower, which was the largest telecommunications tower group by revenue, became a separate listed company in 2018.[10] China Telecom, China Mobile and China Unicom were remained the largest clients of China Tower as of 2018.[11]

In August 2015, Chang Xiaobing, former chairman of China Unicom, became the chairman of China Telecom as well as the parent company of the listed company, China Telecommunications Corporation.[12][13][14][15] While Wang Xiaochu, who served the two positions, was appointed to the positions in China Unicom.[13][16] However, Chang was under investigation for corruption in December 2015 and resigned.[12] He was sentenced in 2017.[17]


Frequencies used on China Telecom Network in China
FrequencyFrequency WidthProtocolNotes
850 MHz (825-835;870-880)2x10 MHzCDMA/LTE
1800 MHz (1860-1880;1765-1785)2x20 MHzLTE
2100 MHz (1920-1940;2110-2130)2x20 MHzCDMA/LTE
2300 MHz (2370~2390)
Band 40
20 MHzTD-LTEindoor use only
3.5 GHz (3.4~3.5)100 MHz5G NRTrial

Expansion outside Mainland China

China Telecom (Europe) on 23 October 2008 said it would expand its Asian-European services, aiming to increase its market share in Europe.[18] China Telecom (Europe) became part of the listed portion of the China Telecom Group, China Telecom Corp., Ltd. in 2013.

In 2008, China Telecom acquired China Unicom (Macau). The subsidiary was also renamed to China Telecom (Macau)[3]:151 In 2015 China Telecom (Macau) acquired the 4G LTE license from the Macau S.A.R. authority.[19] The 4G service started in the same year.[20]

In May 2011, China Telecom formed a strategic partnership with German software group SAP to offer a cloud-based version of SAP's business software to small and medium companies in China.[21]

China Telecom was one of the bidders of the newly opened Myanmar Mobile licences' call for tender.[22]


As of 19 November 2018
  • China Telecom (Americas) Corporation[3]
  • China Telecom (Europe) Limited[3]

Equity interests

As of 31 December 2016
  • Besttone Holding (6.13%)[23]


As of 31 December 2016[3]:50
RankNameChinese namePercentageFootnotes
1China Telecommunications Corporation中国电信集团公司70.89%Central Government-owned SOE, owner of A share
2Guangdong Rising Assets Management6.94%Guangdong Government-owned SOE, owner of A share
3JPMorgan Chase2.19%Long position figure only, owner of H share
4BlackRock1.02%Long position figure only, owner of H share
5The Bank of New York Mellon0.93%Long position figure only, owner of H share
6Templeton Global Advisors0.87%Long position figure only, owner of H share
7GIC Private Limited0.86%Long position figure only, owner of H share

See also


  1. "中国电信总裁兼首席运营官杨杰接替常小兵". 中国经济网 (in Chinese). re-published by 31 December 2015. Retrieved 26 July 2017.
  2. "RESIGNATION OF DIRECTOR AND CHANGE OF IMPORTANT EXECUTIVE POSITION" (PDF). China Telecom. 7 June 2017. Retrieved 26 July 2017.
  3. "2016 Annual Report" (PDF). China Telecom. 6 April 2017. Retrieved 26 July 2017.
  4. "728 Profile & Executives – China Telecom Corp Ltd – Bloomberg". Retrieved 22 August 2012.
  5. "List of H Share Companies (Main Board)". Hong Kong Stock Exchange. 30 June 2017. Retrieved 26 July 2017.
  6. 侯云龙 (26 January 2018). 中国电信全国宽带用户超1.5亿 移动用户净增创新高. 经济参考报 (in Chinese). Retrieved 11 February 2017 via East Money.
  7. Ramstad, Evan; Ng, Loretta (13 April 2004). "China Telecom Deal To Lift Public's Stake". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  8. Wildau, Gabriel (15 October 2015). "China telecoms operators pool $36bn in assets". Financial Times. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  9. "Discloseable transaction in relation to the disposal of telecommunications towers and related assets" (PDF) (Press release). Hong Kong: China Telecom. 14 October 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2018 via Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing website.
  10. Dunkley, Emma (2 August 2018). "China Tower raises most in an IPO globally since 2016". Financial Times. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  11. "China Tower, world's largest mobile phone tower company, to kick off year's biggest IPO next Wednesday". South China Morning Post. Hong Kong. 19 July 2018. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  12. "China Telecom chief resigns amid investigation". BBC News Services. 31 December 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  13. "resignation of director" (PDF) (Press release). China Telecom. 24 August 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2018 via Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing website.
  14. "APPOINTMENT OF CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND PROPOSED APPOINTMENT OF DIRECTOR" (PDF) (Press release). China Telecom. 1 September 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2018 via Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing website.
  15. "List of directors and their role and function" (PDF) (Press release). China Telecom. 23 October 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2018 via Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing website.
  16. "List of directors and their role and function" (PDF) (Press release). China Unicom (Hong Kong). 1 September 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2018 via Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing website.
  17. "Former China Telecom boss Chang Xiaobing sentenced to six years for corruption". South China Morning Post. Hong Konf. 31 May 2017. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  18. "China Telecom to spread Asian-European services". London: Xinhua News Agency. 23 October 2008. Archived from the original on 8 September 2012. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  19. 經營採用長期演進技術(4G)的公共地面流動電信網絡及提供相關的公用地面流動電信服務牌照的公開招標之競投結果 (Press release) (in Chinese). Macau: Direcção dos Serviços de Regulação de Telecomunicações. 9 March 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  20. 廖冬韻; 黃偉鴻 (25 November 2015). 中國電信 (澳門) 啟動4G. Rádio Macau (in Chinese and Cantonese). Teledifusão de Macau. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  21. Taylor, Paul (17 May 2011). "SAP-China Telecom deal to offer cloud-based services in China". Financial Times. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  22. "Vodafone, China Mobile eye Myanmar". 5 April 2013. Retrieved 5 April 2013.
  23. "2016 Annual Report" (PDF) (in Chinese). Besttone Holding. 22 April 2017. p. 35. Retrieved 26 July 2017.
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