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| China Slashes Telecommunications Fees
March 2, 1999 (BEIJING) -- China will cut Internet charges by about 50
percent, and lower international telephone fees as of March 1, according
to the Ministry of Information Industry.
|The ministry also noted that it will lower charges on fixed telephone
installations and on opening mobile telephone lines.
Moreover, it announced it will stop levying administrative fees on local
telephone call networks and cut administrative fees levied on long-distance
telephone calls. But postal fees on letters will be raised by 20 to
According to the ministry, the move is aimed to resolve the contradictions
in the fee structure. The adjustment of postal and telecommunications
fees will greatly lower the general level of charges.
Charges on international telephone calls to the United States will drop
18 percent from RMB18.4 (US$2.20) to RMB15 per minute. Fees on international
telephone calls to Asian countries will be cut to RMB12 per minute.
Individuals using the Internet will pay RMB4 per hour for the first 60
hours a month and RMB8 for every additional hour in the month.
Internet service providers will pay the same fees as individuals for
using dedicated lines linking with the Internet.
(Xinhua News Agency)
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