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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 60 percent.

    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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    Updated: Mon Mar 1 13:21:47 1999 PDT