Major domestic and international Awards in 2008+
In the 2008 annual telecom service meeting held by the former MII in February, six branch companies of the former China Netcom and the former China Unicom won the titles of Outstanding Telecom Operators in the "2007 Trustworthy Service for Safe Consumption" campaign; four branch companies were named as Star Enterprises in the category of customer satisfaction; 26 teams were named as Star Teams and 56 people were named as Star Employees.
In March, 21 enterprises and 29 employees of the former China Netcom and the former China Unicom were awarded the 2007 Quality Service Star Enterprises and 2007 Quality Service Model Employees respectively in the evaluation of enterprises directly under the central government for the SASAC-initiated "2007 Quality Service Year".
In March, the former China Netcom was ranked No. 1 in the customer satisfaction survey for fixed telephony and broadband access services amid the 2007 telecom customer satisfaction survey organized by the former MII and China Consumer Association.
In March, the "Broadband Business" brand of the former China Netcom entered the 5th Top 10 Influential Brands for ICT Application within Chinese SMEs.
In April, the former China Unicom was elected as the Outstanding Enterprise under the Central Government in the Snow Disaster Relief in 2008. Nine branch companies of the former China Unicom and China Netcom were awarded Outstanding Organizations in the Snow Disaster Relief. Twelve individuals were awarded Outstanding Staff in the Snow Disaster Relief. Two units were awarded Outstanding Grass-root Party Organizations in the Snow Disaster Relief. Two individuals were awarded Excellent Party Members in the Snow Disaster Relief.
In May, the former China Unicom and the former China Netcom won the title of 2005-2007 Outstanding Organization in the National Internal Audit Work issued by the Internal Audit Association of China.
In July, the former China Netcom and the former China Unicom were rated A in the first assessment for ICT application in enterprises directly under the central government in 2007 by the SASAC.
In July, 21 organizations and individuals of the former China Netcom and the former China Unicom were awarded the title of Pioneer of Workers for earthquake relief and reconstruction by the China Federation of Trade Unions.
In October, Mr. Hu Yong, director of the Maintenance Center in Xuyong County of China Unicom's Luzhou Branch, won the honorary title of Model Worker in the 2008 National Disaster Relief and was met by President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao.
In October, the Leading Group of the "Olympic Science and Technology (2008) Action Plan" and the 29th Olympiad Committee on Science and Technology awarded 101 outstanding organizations for their contribution in the High-tech Olympics. Four project teams of the former China Netcom won the award.
In December, the former China Unicom won 3 first prizes in the business management modernization and innovation of the national telecom industry as well as 8 second prizes, 14 third prizes and excellent organization award. 18 enterprises won the customer satisfaction awards. 57 teams won awards of excellence in quality management and 3 organizations were recognized for their creditable performance in launching the quality management campaign.
Major Events in 2008+
February 15, 2008
On February 15, Mr. Xi Jinping, Member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Secretary of the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee visited the Fixed Communications Command Center of China Netcom in the Digital Beijing Building. During his inspection, Mr. Xi asked everyone to be fully prepared for the test of the Olympiad.
February 18, 2008
On February 18, the former China Unicom joined CCF (the global CDMA Certification Forum) and gained a seat on the CCF Board of Directors.
July 28, 2008
On July 28, the former China Netcom passed the overall assessment of the innovation-oriented pilot program of relevant national administrations and won the title of National Innovation-oriented Enterprise.
On July 28, in an update on the selling of its CDMA business, the former China Unicom announced its upcoming agreement with China Telecom on the selling of its CDMA business.
October 15, 2008
On October 15, merger of the red-chip companies of the former China Netcom and the former China Unicom and the incorporation of the new China Unicom were marked in an inaugural ceremony held in Beijing, putting to an end the largest ever M&A of SOEs in China and the country's capital restructuring on the telecom front.
October 26, 2008
On October 26, China Unicom completed the Sino-US Trans-Pacific Express (TPE) submarine cable project, which was the first of its kind in the sense of a truly international trans-pacific submarine cable system with no 3-party transit.
November 25, 2008
On November 25, China Unicom became the official partner of the 24th Harbin Winter Universiade for fixed and broadband services.
December 3, 2008
On December 3, China Unicom became the official partner of the 11th National Games for fixed communications services.