China's telecom firms to end roaming fees, offer corporate pricing incentives in network push

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

Monday.

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)