According to sources from Reuters, China Telecom is planing to launch the iPhone on their network near the end of the year, after coming to an agreement with Apple for distribution of the iPhone in China.

China TelecomReuters’ sources points out that the negotiations between Apple and China Telecom are ongoing but that it is expected to happen this year.

“It’s expected to happen this year. China Telecom already has the required technology and it all hinges on the content of the agreement. As we all know, it’s not easy to negotiate with Apple,” a source close to the company, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters on Wednesday.