Briefing: Tencent partners with TELUS to launch SIM cards for Chinese tourists visiting Canada and the US

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What happened: Canadian carrier TELUS has announced a partnership with Tencent to launch two SIM cards—WeChat Go Canada and WeChat Go North America—for Chinese tourists traveling to Canada and the US. The travel SIM cards, which provide coverage for 4G LTE data, allow users access to top-ups and billing features via the WeChat Go mini-program. WeChat Go users will also have free access to Chinese-language movie and TV streaming services.

Why it’s important: As one of the top destinations for Chinese tourists, North America is expected to attract over 5 million travelers coming from China by 2022—giving Tencent a fortuitous opportunity to expand the WeChat ecosystem. WeChat had previously rolled out similar travel SIM cards, in partnership with domestic telecom operators, for Chinese tourists visiting EU countries and Southeast Asia.