China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has announced that the country will eliminate long-distance roaming fees for mobile phone users in October of this year, state media reported Monday. The move is part of the government’s efforts to tap into the potential of a faster and less expensive internet to support economic development. According to government statistics there are now 770 million 4G users in China, up from just 100 million in 2014.
Chinese passengers who go back home for the Chinese Lunar New Year use their smartphones to surf the Internet. Photo: Imaginechian/Hu Yan
China to eliminate roaming charges for mobile phones nationwide
The government has announced the plans for October of this year as part of efforts to increase internet accessibility