03-06-2007 11:34

China Unicom is set to close its paging business around the country excluding Shanghai. The firm has applied to the telecom authority for withdrawing from the bleeding sector. The Ministry of Information Industry says if it doesn't receive too many complaints, the mobile phone carrier is expected to stop the service on March the 22nd.

China Unicom says it will fully protect users' interests. China Unicom's paging business has reached its peak in 2000. Subscribers to one of its national networks jumped to 45 million. But the rapid growth of mobile telecom business has soon wiped out the paging market. In 2003, the number of China Unicom's subscribers shrank to 8.6 million.

Industry insiders say China Unicom suffers about 100 million yuan annually loss in the paging business, and that's around 13 million US dollars.


Editor:Li Yang