The Beijing branch of China Unicom announced yesterday that it will cancel domestic mobile phone roaming and long-distance charges starting from September 1, one month ahead of the timetable announced by the country’s top three telecom carriers.

The Beijing branch also said that it will slash international calling and roaming rates to 22 foreign countries along the OBOR (One Belt and One Road) routes. And it will charge no more than RMB 5 per MB of 4G mobile data for international data plans in 53 foreign countries.

In addition, for Beijing China Unicom fiber optic broadband users with speed below 100 Mbps, the network speed will be raised to 100Mbps for free, and the rates will be lowered as well this year. The Beijing branch of China Unicom has been vigorously advancing the development of its high-speed 4G mobile networks and fiber-optic broadband in recent years. At the end of last year, over 90% of its Beijing household subscribers had access to 50Mbps or even higher broadband services.

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Sheila Yu

Sheila Yu is a Shanghai-based technology writer. She brings readers the biggest news from Chinese language tech media. Reach her at sheila@technode.com.