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City’s telecom firms will reduce charges

SHANGHAI telecom firms announced plans yesterday to upgrade packages to cut roaming data traffic charges and to drop rates for data consumption and broadband services to boost digital economy development.

The move followed a related announcement by government officials at the “two sessions” in Beijing to cut national data roaming charges. The new policy will cover more than 1 billion mobile phone users in China.

China Telecom’s Shanghai branch announced yesterday that it will upgrade packages with unlimited local data traffic to national traffic.

The carrier aims to offer consumers “best and affordable” packages, the company said.

Rates for mobile Internet services will be cut by at least 30 percent this year, according to the government work report delivered by Premier Li Keqiang on Monday at the opening of the first session of the 13th National People’s Congress, China’s top legislature.

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

At the end of last year, China had more than 1 billion 4G mobile users, who are expected to benefit from the new rates, said Miao Wei, minister of industry and information technology.

Until last year, telecom carriers just offered unlimited and huge-volume data packages in local regions, forcing users to spend more if they traveled to other provinces.

China Mobile said yesterday that it will support government targets such as a 30 percent drop in charges to boost Internet Plus development and innovation.

China Unicom also released a new package yesterday in Shanghai offering unlimited data traffic nationwide.

Shanghai Telecom’s latest family package costs 199 yuan (US$32) a month for unlimited national data, a broadband line with 500 megabytes per second bandwidth and services like 4K high-definition video stream.

Shanghai Unicom’s new package costs 99 yuan, with unlimited data traffic nationwide.

Chinese telecom carriers cut international roaming fees last year.



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