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The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has announced that a new system to protect privacy and reduce spam messages will require all mobile users to subscribe with their real names.
The policy will be effective from September 1st. Providers, China Mobile and China Unicom in major cities such as Beijing and Shanghai will be the first to carry out the new policy.
It will be implemented in two phases: New users after September 1st must subscribe using their real identity. Within three years, all old users' information must coincide with their real names. Measures such as cutting calling rates for users will be employed to encourage them to provide their identity.