China Telecom USA Expands Its Services to Latin America

    Changes Name to Reflect Full Reach - Becomes China Telecom Americas

    HERNDON, VA., October 17 /CNW/ - China Telecom USA, the US-based
subsidiary of China Telecom Corporation Limited, the largest landline telecom
company in China, providing an extensive portfolio of data services between
North America and China to multinational companies, announced today that it is
expanding its services to Latin America. This is a strategic initiative and
part of the company's continued organic growth plan to better serve companies
requiring access to China from around the world. As a result of the new market
focus, the company is also changing its name to China Telecom Americas.

    Bilateral trade between China and Latin America expanded from $200
million per year in 1975 to $70.2 billion per year in 2006 and is predicted to
reach $100 billion per year by 2010. "We are very excited to announce our
service expansion to Latin America," said Donald Tan, President of China
Telecom Americas. "Latin America is a key market for China. By expanding our
customer base, service and network reach we are able to better serve the
growing Latin America market. This is also a timely decision as we continue to
experience strong growth in the United States and Canada over the last several

    Since 2000, China Telecom Group has invested steadily in network and
service expansion in the Americas, providing the largest amount of bandwidth
capacity between North America and China, and being the first Chinese
integrated information services provider to expand into North America through
its subsidiary, China Telecom Americas. Donald Tan continued, "With this
continued growth and geographic expansion, we decided that the company's name
needed to reflect the company's service to all of the Americas, as part of
China Telecom Group's commitment to becoming a key global information service

    About China Telecommunications Corporation

    With over 264 million customers and more than $63 billion in assets,
China Telecommunications Corporation (China Telecom Group) is one of the
world's largest telecommunications companies. As the largest fixed-line
provider in the world, China Telecom Group owns and operates an extensive
system of domestic and international telecommunications networks and
facilities, including local telephone, long distance, telephone, international
long distance, managed data, Internet, multimedia and other telecommunications
services in China. China Telecom Group manages some of the largest IP networks
in the world, ChinaNet and CN2. China Telecom Group now operates regional
offices in North and South America, greater Asia and Europe.

    About China Telecom Americas

    China Telecom Americas is a subsidiary of China Telecom Corporation,
Limited., which is majority owned by the China Telecommunications Corporation,
and is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. China Telecom Americas is the
largest international subsidiary of China Telecommunications Corporation, and
builds and operates the most technologically advanced suite of
telecommunication services in support of MNCs mission critical operations and
global carrier partners. The company supplies some of the world's largest and
most demanding organizations with advanced data services, wholesale voice and
managed services. The company has seven offices across the United States and
in Toronto, Canada.

    For additional information on China Telecom Americas or China Telecom
Corporation Limited, please visit

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