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China Telecom is reportedly planning to launch Apple's iPhone in the tightly controlled People's Republic by the end of 2011.

According to Reuters, the vendor will begin offering the handset to its 106 million subscribers later this year in a move to gain a foothold in the 3G market.

China Telecom is one of three mobile operators in the country: however, until recently it has been known predominantly as the largest fixed-line network provider in China.

Currently, China Unicom is the only operator in the People's Republic offering the iPhone to its customers, the newswire noted.

The company separately announced today that its COO Shang Bing had quit China Telecom for a deputy minister's job at the PRC Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. ®

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