China to scrap domestic data roaming charges by at least 30 per cent in 2018.

China had over 753 million mobile Internet users by the end of 2017, the largest in the world and lending steam to a booming digital economy. China will abolish domestic data roaming fees to cut cost for increasingly digital Chinese consumers, said Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on Monday (March 5)

 

Rates for mobile internet services will be cut by at least 30 percent this year, according to the report delivered by Premier Li Keqiang Monday morning 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 turn to mobile Internet services for business growth.

“These measures will… promote the transformation and upgrading of the real economy,” he told an audience of nearly 3,000 lawmakers.

China will also modify or abolish all outdated rules and regulations that “sap the inspiration for innovation”, said Mr Li.

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The country will significantly lower the rates of home broadband, and corporate broadband and dedicated Internet access services, it said.

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