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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
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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