China Mobile is a state-owned mobile telecommunication company in China. It is the world’s largest mobile phone operator by subscribers in 2013. While various market reforms were launched to dismantle and privatize many inefficient state-owned enterprises since the 1980s, the socialist state is unwilling to relinquish its monopoly over industry “strategic to national security,” such as oil extraction, electricity supply, banking and finance, and telecommunication. As shown in the photograph, China Mobile is an active event sponsor in Chinese universities. It hopes to establish a positive corporate image among the youth population, an important clientele to support the present and future expansion of the mobile communication market in the country.
Photographer: Chun-Yi Sum