China’s telecommunications regulator, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (“MIIT”) has released for public comments the Classification of Telecommunications Services (the “Classification”). Requesting for any comments on the proposed Classification to be sent to MIIT by June 24, 2013.

The Classification was initially published in 2000 along with the PRC Telecommunications Regulations and both are regulatory corner stones of the Chinese telecom industry. The Classification divides telecom services into two major types, namely Basic Telecom Services (BTS) and Value-added Telecom Services (VATS). After two amendments in 2001 and 2003 respectively, the Classification covered most telecom services in the Chinese telecom market. After 10 years in force, MIIT decided to amend the Classification in an effort to encourage, and regulate new types of telecom technologies and operations in China.

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