The Financial Times reported on 10 January 2013 that China may open telecom spectrum to private sectors. According to the report, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) is inviting comments on a draft plan that would to allow the three state-run telecom carriers - China Telecom, China Unicom, and China Mobile - to resell spectrum to private companies.

The Financial Times noted that the proposed measures, which are seen as liberalizing the telecom services market, do not include foreign companies, as such firms can now only own minority stakes in Chinese firms.

The investment threshold for new entrants and whether existing network infrastructure could be shared by private companies remains unclear, the report added.