China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has announced that it has ceased regulating tariffs of telecoms services and will instead allow pricing to be controlled by market forces, Reuters reports. The government says the move will promote competition by giving operators more freedom to introduce new tariff schemes. Low-income users – particularly in rural areas – are now likely to be targeted with cut-price offers from the three main operators, China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom. The nascent mobile resale market is also likely to benefit, with virtual network operators (MVNOs) such as the newly-launched T.Mobile and e-commerce group Alibaba looking to carve a niche for themselves in the country’s growing cellular market.
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