China: 350,000 LTE Base Stations Planned for 2014; Investors Use "VIE" to Structure Telecom Investments

The Chinese telecommunications market developed rapidly, particularly after China’s accession to the World Trade Organisation. The number of subscribers is in the hundred millions and revenue in the hundred billions (in Renminbi) as of the end of 2011. This article will discuss the general regulatory framework in relation to foreign investments in the Chinese telecommunication industry and its application to the long term evolution (“LTE”) standard, which will be followed by a discussion on the impact of LTE on value added telecommunications services.


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