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China: Government considers opening broadband market

 |  November 27, 2014

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said it is considering opening up the nation’s broadband access market to private companies, a move reports say could lead to faster service and lower fees for consumers.

The Ministry released a proposal that would encourage private enterprises to compete in the broadband industry. Authorities are now taking public comment on the matter until mid-December.

A statement announcing the proposal says the Ministry is looking to inject healthy competition into the industry to improve services. A total of 16 cities in the nation were chosen to take part in a three-year test program that would open their broadband markets to private companies. Those companies would have to apply to enter the market.

Three state-owned broadband operators currently control the market: China Unicom, China Telecom and China Mobile.

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