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  • China's Postal Bureau Developing Multimedia Network
  • November 24, 1998 (BEIJING) -- China's State Postal Bureau is developing a multimedia network in an effort to ensure that its technologies comply with international standards.
    The nationwide infrastructure project for an ATM telecommunications network, which covers more than 230 cities, will be completed at an estimated cost of RMB300 million-RMB400 million. The integrated service data network will enable the bureau to monitor the entire mail delivery process via computer.

    The ATM switches for the data network alone cost nearly US$20 million. A contract was signed with U.S.-based Lucent Technologies Inc. to supply and install the ATM equipment.

    A bureau official said that the data network will help it provide new services, including automated post office and teller services. In combination with the low-cost postal network, it also will expand the market for express mail and mail sales.

    Post Master General Liu Liqing said that foreign and private express delivery companies entering the Chinese market as well as electronic mail, are posing great challenges to the nation's postal services.

    He said that China will likely introduce more international cooperation in all aspects of its postal services, with the exception of letter services. Many local post offices are introducing expertise and management personnel from New Zealand and other countries.

    (Xinhua News Agency)

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    Updated: Mon Nov 23 17:06:00 1998 PDT