20 July 2016
China’s top mobile telecom carriers have launched 4G service on the Spratly Islands, in an effort “to safeguard the country’s legal claim in the South China Sea and to improve communication services for local people,” according to a China Daily report.
The report said China Telecommunications Corp, the country’s third-largest telecom carrier by subscribers, has expanded its 4G signal to seven reefs of the Spratly chain, giving islanders faster internet speed and enabling them to make video calls and conduct online commerce.
The move came shortly after China rejected the ruling by the Arbitral Tribunal in The Hague that China has no “historic title” over the South China Sea.
China Telecom’s larger competitor China Mobile Communications Corp also offers similar services around the region.
“The achievement highlights China’s determination to serve local people and passing ships. It also mirrors homegrown telecom companies’ cutting-edge technology,” said Xiang Ligang, a telecom veteran and CEO of the industry website cctime.com.
See the original report at http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2016-07/20/content_26151334.htm
Militarization and Construction in the South China Sea: https://seasresearch.wordpress.com/category/events-and-analyses/militarization-and-construction-in-the-south-china-sea/
South China Sea: Facts on the Ground and on the Waters: https://seasresearch.wordpress.com/category/south-china-sea-facts-on-the-ground-and-on-the-waters/