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Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance


China Opens for Mobile Virtual Network Operator

17 April 2013

On 8 January 2013, China's telecoms regulator, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology ("MIIT"), published a consultation draft of the Mobile Communication Resale Business Pilot Plan ("Consultation Draft") to solicit comments from the public. This Consultation Draft proposes a two-year trial of the "Mobile Virtual Network Operator"1 ("MVNO") model in China. The Consultation Draft forms one part of the government's initiatives to introduce more competition to China's telecoms sector which has long been monopolized by State-run businesses.

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