To ensure maximum stability of telecom and Internet services during the upcoming Olympic Games, China’s Ministry of Information Industry (MII) has imposed a moratorium on fixed line, mobile phone, and Internet installations and subscriptions throughout Beijing and in other cities with Olympic venues for the duration of the games next month. The order, which affects China Mobile (CM), China Telecom, China Netcom, and China Unicom, will curb temporarily the torrid pace of growth in China’s telecom market, where the nation’s wireless carriers are gaining more than nine million new customers each month. Under the three-prong approach adopted by the MII, the four carriers will be barred from carrying out new equipment installations, network enhancement activities, or physical changes to their networks starting on July 25. Effective August 1, carriers will be prohibited from signing up new subscribers, and network maintenance activities must cease as of August 5. Normal carrier operations will resume on August 25, the day after the Olympic closing ceremony. Service to existing customers is not likely to be impacted, although a CM spokesman confirmed that his company is asking corporate customers to inform CM of any special needs before the moratorium takes effect.