China to scrap domestic data roaming charges

Updated: 12 Jun 2018
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The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said it will push China's three telecommunication network operators to abolish domestic data roaming charges by July 1st, 2018.

Previously, roaming charges were added by mobile operators for calls, texts, and internet browsing when phone users were outside of the Chinese cities where their phone numbers were first registered.

China Mobile, China Telecom, and China Unicom have all pledged to implement the changes following Premier Li Keqiang's call for operators to "increase speed and drop prices" in his governmental work report at the opening of the first session of the 13th National People's Congress, China's top legislative meeting.

In 2017, China scrapped domestic roaming fees for long-distance calls as telecom operators turned to mobile Internet services for business growth.

Rates for mobile internet services will be cut by at least 30 percent this year, boosting the development of a "Digital China," the report added.

China's digital economy totaled 26 trillion yuan (about 4.1 trillion U.S. dollars) in 2017, accounting for around 32 percent of national GDP, according to the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology.
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