Last year MIIT, the Chinese ministry responsible for information technology, unveiled the policy for mobile virtual network operators and announced the first batch of qualified applicants which include JD.com and a subsidiary of Alibaba Group.

Alibaba Group has established Ali Communications (not official translation) to operate mobile communications services. The company announced today it has built a billing system and services will be released in the coming June.

Alibaba said their focus will be data services that will be available for the company’s existing services, Taobao, Alipay, Aliyun, etc. Mobile number pre-orders will open in May.

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Tracey Xiang

Tracey Xiang is Beijing, China-based tech writer. Reach her at traceyxiang@gmail.com