24 May 2012
China Telecom has launched MVNO operations in the UK under the CTExcelbiz brand.
The MVNO launch is the first by
a Chinese telecoms player outside of its home market.
CTExcelbiz operates using the network of UK mobile player
Everything Everywhere and in an MVNA partnership with
Transatel. The MVNO offers tailored pay-as-you-go mobile
services aimed specifically at the UK’s Chinese
population, including permanent residents, students and
Among the services being offered by the company are Chinese
language voicemail services, a bi-lingual Chinese-English
customer services hotline and website, unlimited free calls
among CTExcelbiz users, and low cost bundles available both in
store and online.
The UK launch is expected to be a platform for China Telecom to
establish similar MVNO operations in other European
"We are very excited to launch the CTExcelbiz brand into the
UK, and offer the Chinese population here services that have
not been available to them before. With
Transatel’s help, we have been able to get up and
running very quickly, and we look forward to expanding our
international relationship with Everything Everywhere to launch
in other European markets over the coming months," said Yan Ou,
MD at China Telecom Europe.
China Telecom first
announced the MVNO agreement in January 2012. The carrier
was said to be keen to launch operations before the London 2012
Olympics in July to offer services to Chinese tourists
attending the event.