Chinese Premier Li Keqiang announced plans on Tuesday to reduce mobile access costs by at least 30% nationwide as part of a broader push for the country’s digital transformation in a number of sectors, including healthcare, education, and sports.

The country’s largest political event, dubbed the Two Sessions, kicked off on Sunday in Beijing. Chinese corporate executives, including Tencent’s Pony Ma, Robin Li from Baidu, and Xiaomi’s Lei Jun, attend the meetings as delegates.

In his opening remarks at the National People’s Congress (NPC) annual meeting, Premier Li said China will continue to lower the cost of mobile networking services by more than 30% from 2018 by end-year. High-speed broadband services will also be offered across the country, improving experiences for rural-dwelling residents for remote learning tools and medical services.

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Jill Shen

Jill Shen is Shanghai-based technology reporter. She covers Chinese mobility, autonomous vehicles, and electric cars. Connect with her via e-mail: jill.shen@technode.com or Twitter: @yushan_shen