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Telecom giants promise to improve services

12-03-2011 22:41 BJT

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China Telecom and China Unicom, the two largest fixed-line telecommunications operators in China, have acknowledged improper practices in their internet businesses.

The announcements follow a National Development and Reform Commission decision to investigate monopolistic practices in the broadband market. Two giants promised an improvement for the internet service.

China telecom and China Unicom, which dominate 90% of the country’s broadband market, pledged to address problems they say they’ve discovered through internal evaluations.

China Telecom acknowledged its improper pricing policies toward Internet service providers, and pledged to work with other telecommunications operators to fully inter-connect their networks.

The company also pledged to lower its bandwidth-unit price by about 35% within five years. Meanwhile, China Unicom promised to enhance broadband access speeds over the next five years and lower broadband service charges to the public.

The company says it will continue to improve its pricing management for broadband access and cut bandwidth-unit fees for public Internet access.

The NDRC confirmed on Friday it had received the applications from two giants.

The Commission began an anti-monopoly investigation into the two companies last month and, if the allegations were proven, was ready to imposed fines to the value of between 1% and 10% of their 2010 operating revenue.

The probe marked the highest-profile domestic monopoly case yet against major state-owned companies since anti-monopoly laws came into force in 2008.


Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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