China has been working to increase the access speed and reduce costs of internet services, which will be good not only for consumers but also for industrial upgrading.
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The country’s three telecom carriers, China Mobile Communications, China United Network Communications Group and China Telecommunications Corp, announced steps to scrap domestic long-distance and roaming charges from Oct 1, 2017, and cancel data roaming fees within the country starting July 1, 2018.
However, increasing speed and cutting charges doesn’t bring less revenue for telecom operators. According to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, during the first half of last year, revenues from the telecom business rose 4.1 percent year-on-year to 672 billion yuan.
Mobile internet traffic jumped 199.6 percent to 26.6 billion gigabytes. Among them, internet usage via phones soared 214.7 percent to 26.2 billion gigabytes, accounting for 98.3 percent of the total.
Meanwhile, 5G is becoming a new bright spot. In December, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology allocated specific low- and medium-frequency bands to the nation’s three telecom carriers. Currently, these carriers are conducting 5G trial operations in a string of cities, enabling large-scale precommercial use.
According to the action plan, the country will speed up 5G research, and promote the construction of 5G network and demonstration projects, aiming to fully commercialize the superfast technology by 2020. (China Daily)