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China Telecom Launches UK MVNO

The first Chinese-owned MVNO to be operated outside China has been launched by China Telecom and Everything Everywhere.

China Telecom's MNVO (mobile virtual network operator) runs on Everything Everywhere's UK network and is tailored specifically to Chinese people living in and visiting the UK.

CTExcelbiz will allow customers access to the biggest 3G network in the UK on a Pay As You Go basis.

Customers will be able to take advantage of Chinese language voicemail services, a bilingual Chinese/English customer service hotline and website, and unlimited free calls between CTExcelbiz users.

“With increasing numbers of Chinese visitors to the UK, we will be rolling out innovative and targeted mobile services to our customers," said Yan Ou, Managing Director of China Telecom in Europe.

"These will include the provision of a local Chinese number for friends and family to call; a chat application for customers to share content with each other; and an information service hotline in Chinese targeted at travellers to the UK, to name just a few.”

Marc Overton, Everything Everywhere's Vice President of Wholesale and M2M also commented, saying, “We’re delighted that CTExcelbiz has been readied for launch in just a few months."

"China Telecom Europe has some exciting plans for this brand, and Everything Everywhere will ensure they have all the tools they need to provide their customers with the outstanding voice and mobile data capabilities you would expect from the UK’s largest mobile communications company.”