Britain’s BT Group said on Jan 25, that it succeeded to get a license in China to operate nationwide, making it the first non-Chinese company to provide direct services to business customers in the country.
China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology issued the license to BT which will allow the company to contract directly with Chinese clients and bill them in yuan and that will make the company to enter in competition with three of the major telecom players of the country namely, China Telecom, China Unicom and China Mobile, which all are state-owned also.
The license issued to a foreign company denotes China’s strategy of opening up of its market access and encouragement for the investors to further expand the scope of their investment in the country and it also shows that the Chinese government is serious about adding competition to the state-dominated sector.
China nationwide Internet Service Provider (ISP) and Domestic IP-VPN licenses are the two licenses which the BT remained successful to get in China. Though through these licenses BT, formerly known as British telecom, is not going to challenge the big three state-owned companies in provisions of landline communications and will not provide mobile services but it will allow the company to provide its Internet connections services to domestic clients only.
The limited success is still major step for the BT in China where many of its multinational customers are in requirement of reliable and secure connectivity for their business expansion, according to a press release issued by the company. After securing these licenses, the foreign companies operating in China will become the center point of BT’s focus for provision of services.
PepsiCo, Novartis, P&G, ABInbev etc are among the foreign multinational corporations whereas ZTE, Air China, Huawei and Sinopec are the Chinese multinational companies, BT China has been serving in the country, as shows BT China’s official website.