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Chinese operators plan swoop on Philippines and Brazil

The three Chinese operators have been surprisingly reticent about investing in MNOs in other parts of the world, but that may be about to change, with the companies eyeing opportunities as far apart as Brazil and the Philippines. Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte has offered Chinese premier Li Keqiang the chance for a Chinese firm to become his country’s third operator; while China Telecom is reported to be interested in troubled Brazilian MNO, Oi. The Philippines government has been keen to break the duopoly in telecoms of PLDT and Globe. No specific Chinese company was proposed to take the third licence, according to local reports, but China is considered a good option because it is in the same region and has…

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