China Mo­bile to drop roam­ing charges

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

China Mo­bile Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Corp, the coun­try’s largest tele­com op­er­a­tor, said it will scrap do­mes­tic roam­ing charges by the end of this year, a fee that is con­sid­ered as a key source of rev­enue for tele­com car­ri­ers, as the com­pany fo­cuses on more lu­cra­tive 4G ser­vices.

“Since July, China Mo­bile has stopped sell­ing new ser­vice pack­ages that in­clude do­mes­tic roam­ing charges on crossprovince phone calls,” said Li Yue, pres­i­dent of China Mo­bile. He pre­dicted that the com­pany will can­cel all roam­ing longdis­tance pack­ages by the end of the year.

China Mo­bile’s first-half net profit grew 5.6 per­cent due to fast growth in lu­cra­tive 4G ser­vices. Its 4G sub­scribers in­creased to 429 mil­lion, reach­ing 51 per­cent of the to­tal.

The com­pany’s rev­enue from its data trans­mis­sion busi­ness ex­ceeded tra­di­tional busi­nesses such as voice ser­vices for the first time, be­com­ing its largest source of in­come.

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