Skype currently operates in China through a venture with Tom Group, based in Hong Kong, and claims to have a "few million" users in China.
However the VoIP firm does not directly market its fee-paying SkypeOut service in the country because of regulatory barriers.
SkypeOut allows subscribers to make calls around the world at a fraction of the price charged by national operators.
In a parallel announcement Christoph Caselitz, president of Siemens' mobile networks division, said that China may issue 3G mobile licences one at a time next year.
The first permit is likely to require an operator to use the Beijing backed TD-SCDMA standard, according to the Financial Times.
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