AT&T and China Telecom Make Plans to Expand Business Solutions for Multinational Companies

27 JUNE 2017

Commit to Extending the Joint Venture and Exploring Ways to Develop Solutions in IoT, Cloud-based Big Data, VoLTE Roaming and SDN

BEIJING, June 27, 2017  – AT&T1 and China Telecom signed a framework agreement strengthening their cooperation to develop more advanced network services for multinational companies doing business in China.

The companies are looking to help multinational customers use highly secure global communications to fuel business growth in China and around the world. AT&T and China Telecom will jointly explore ways to create new services in Internet of Things (IoT), cloud-based big data, Voice over LTE (VoLTE) roaming, and software-defined networks (SDN).

The agreement confirms an intent to renew the 20-year authorization for Shanghai Symphony Telecommunications Co. Ltd. (SST), the joint venture formed by AT&T, China Telecom and Shanghai Information Investments, signed in 2000. The parties intend to expand the scope of SST and the locations it serves to bring new business services and technologies to customers.

Under the agreement both companies will: 

  • Help establish industry standards for SDN and accelerate their adoption;
  • Explore ways to collaborate on IoT platforms and solutions, including support for global IoT solutions to better serve multinational customers;
  • Begin bilateral roaming tests contemplated in a previously executed Roaming Agreement for business customers;
  • Explore the potential of VoLTE roaming
  • “Global businesses have to be innovative and agile to succeed today. Growing our relationship with China Telecom, AT&T is helping multinational customers have consistent access to the advanced solutions they need in China. This will help them speed their digital evolution for years to come,” said Thaddeus Arroyo, CEO, AT&T Business Solutions and International segment.

    “Working with AT&T, China Telecom is creating future business solutions that use enterprise mobility, cloud, IoT and other technologies.” said Mr. Gao Tongqing, Executive Director and EVP of China Telecom.

    About AT&T
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    **Claim based on the Nielsen Certified Data Network Score. Score includes data reported by wireless consumers in the Nielsen Mobile Insights survey, network measurements from Nielsen Mobile Performance and Nielsen Drive Test Benchmarks for Q4 2016 + Q1 2017 across 121 markets.

    About China Telecom
    China Telecom owns the largest fixed-line telephone network in the world, having 176 million fixed-line telephone subscribers, and 81.27 million broadband customers. China Telecom’s mobile network is one of the largest CDMA networks in the world, with a full coverage over the country. By the end of October 2011, the subscribers’ number of CDMA network reached 120 million. China Telecom’s subsidiary China Telecom Corporation Limited is listed both on New York Stock Exchange and Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

    Company website:
    China Telecommunications Corporation
    Address: 31Jinrong Street, Xicheng District, Beijing, 100032, China
    Tel: +86-10-58501800    Fax: +86-10-58501060 
    VIP Customer Hotline: 4008105518 
    China Telecom Global Services Center: 8621-50581000 (English)

    For more information, contact:             

    Greg Brutus
    Tel: +852 2506 5046
    Cell: +852 9387 5524

    Patrick Yu
    Tel: +852 2586 7877
    Cell: +852 9109 8121