Wednesday, April 3, 2013

China's MNOs Plan to Surcharge OTT Voice and Messaging

Every country has to go through such debate (Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Korea) and then it is for the regulator to decide in favor of the consumers (so the Netherlands has a Net Neutrality law) or the operators (Korea).

Paul Mozur reports to the ChinaRealTimeReport blog (on WSJ) that "rumors emerged that [China’s state-run telecom companies] working on a plan to charge for the use of the country’s most popular free mobile application, which they did not develop and do not operate. The application in question is WeChat, a messaging and social media program created by China’s largest listed Internet company Tencent. Since its introduction two years ago, the app, which allows users to send voice and text messages and also share photos with groups of contacts, has accrued more than 300 million users".

"Chinese media have reported in recent weeks that China’s three telecom service providers have been meeting with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology to work out a way to charge for the service".

See "Outrage Online Over Rumored Threat to Beloved App" - here.

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