China Mobile Mulls Extra Charges for OTT Services
Published on: 22nd Mar 2013
China Mobile is mulling charging for OTT services that rely on its mobile data services a company Vice Chairman has told local media
They are particularly concerned about how companies such as Tencent are eating into their own mobile messaging revenues.
Xi Guohua, vice chairman of China Mobile, told China Daily that: "There is no doubt that online messaging applications have been riding on the services provided by traditional telecom carriers. This mode of operation can't sustain if it's all free."
Commenting on what could happen, "As to the details of a potential payment scheme, we are still doing research on that." he added.
Zeng Ming, the product director for Tencent's Wechat OTT app, confirmed that the company is in talks with the mobile networks, but also that it currently has no plans to charge users for its service.
Zeng also noted that the rise in WeChat use has boosted revenue for the carriers, as they charge fees for data and related services.
Since its launch in late 2011, WeChat has signed up over 300 million users.
On the web: China Daily