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China Telecom's 5G service may not cover whole country

Chairman cool to the idea of private investment

China Telecom Chairman and CEO Yang Jie said fifth-generation technology will not necessarily cover the entire country, unlike existing 4G and 3G services. (Photo by Kenji Kawase)

HONG KONG --  Next-generation 5G cellular service is unlikely to be universally offered throughout China when it is rolled out by China Telecom, the chairman and CEO of the company, one of the country's three state-owned carriers, suggested Wednesday.

Yang Jie braved the weather to open an earnings press conference as scheduled on a day when the local bourse was closed by the strongest typhoon in five years.

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