China’s telecommunications regulator, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has released for public comment the Administrative Measures on Pilot Launch of New Telecommunications Services. Some key provisions of the measures are summarized below:

  • The pilot launch of New Telecom Services shall be registered with the local branches of MIIT. Failure to do so may attract a warning, a requirement for rectification within a specified period of time and a fine of between 5,000 and 30,000 RMB.
  • The pilot period shall not exceed two years in principle and any extension will be subject to further registration with the local communications administrations.
  • Applicants are limited to either Basic Telecom Service Providers or Value-added Telecom Service Providers, and a company without any telecom license is not qualified to apply for a New Telecom Service pilot launch.
  • Basic Telecom Service Providers may launch new pilot services relating to public network infrastructure, transmission of public data and basic voice communication services; and Value-Added Telecom Service Providers may launch new pilot services such as providing telecom and information services via public network infrastructure.