China Issues Licenses to Private Companies to Resell Mobile Services
Published on: 26th Dec 2013
By: Ian Mansfield
China has made the long expected announcement that will permit private companies to resell mobile phone services in the country through MVNO agreements.
The country's Industry and Information Technology Ministry (MIIT) granted licenses to 11 companies to start trials of reselling selected mobile services.
The ministry described the move as an important part of restructuring and reform in the telecom industry.
"This will help competition and innovation while offering more choices and better services to consumers," the statement said.
In a slight reversal of how most countries operate though, the license applicants have to secure a resale agreement with one of the mobile networks, and then apply for a license.