BEIJING, March 6 (Reuters) - China's three state-owned
telecommunications companies plan to eliminate domestic roaming
fees and offer pricing incentives to small and mid-sized
enterprises, to encourage corporate customers to adopt network
technology such as cloud computing.
China Telecommunications Corp, China Mobile Communications
Corp and China United Network Communications Group
Ltd will end inter-province roaming fees by October,
the chairmen of the three firms told reporters in Beijing on
The three - whose Hong Kong-listed subsidiaries are China
Telecom Corp Ltd, China Mobile Ltd and China
Unicom Hong Kong Ltd - will also have discount pricing
schemes for businesses, the chairmen said without elaborating.
The comments from as the government works to lower telecom
fees to spur consumer spending, cut corporate operating
expenses, and encourage enterprises to adopt network technology
- all under a broader policy of increasing efficiency and
capacity in traditional industries.
The government has also encouraged price competition in the
telecom sector by approving applications from private
enterprises seeking to market and sell telecom services.
The Ministry of Information Industry and Technology on
Monday said it has approved applications to provide broadband
internet services from 198 private enterprises under a pilot
project. The number adds to approvals for 42 enterprises to
resell mobile network services starting from 2013.
(Reporting by Cate Cadell; Editing by Christopher Cushing)