Eric M. Glasscott


This report, an assessment of the telecommunications system in the Peoples' Republic of China (PRC), identifies areas of technical cooperation in telecommunications sciences between the U.S. and China and recommends strategies for improvement and expansion of China's telecommunication system. This assessment was made during a visit by an NTIA-led U.S. Government/industry technical team to the Ministry of Posts. and Telecommunications (MPT) in the PRC during November, 1986.

Topics covered in the report include analysis of the existing network and its operation, possibilities for and approaches to its expansion, and long-term planning for an integrated system. Conclusions focus on needed improvements in manufacturing capability, improved cooperation and coordination among the various involved institutional entities, innovative development financing, and more effective rates and tariff structures to cover operating and development costs.

Keywords: telecommunication systems; telephone; Peoples' Republic of China (PRC); communications satellites; rates and tariffs

To request a reprint of this report, contact:

Ed Drocella, Chief,
Spectrum Engineering and Analysis Division
Office of Spectrum Management
National Telecommunications and Information Administration
(202) 482-1652

Disclaimer: Certain commercial equipment, components, and software may be identified in this report to specify adequately the technical aspects of the reported results. In no case does such identification imply recommendation or endorsement by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, nor does it imply that the equipment or software identified is necessarily the best available for the particular application or uses.

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