On 25 November 2016, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, China’s telecommunications and Internet regulator, issued a draft Circular on Regulating Business Activities in the Cloud Services Market for public comment (“Draft Circular“). The stated aims of the Draft Circular are to improve the cloud services market environment and further regulate business activities in this sector. In … Continue Reading
On 25 March 2016, the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (the “MIIT“) issued Draft Rules on the Administration of Internet Domain Names (“Draft“) and issued a call for comments. The Draft has raised serious concerns among the public and the international media. In this article we summarize the key changes in the Draft, and … Continue Reading
On 28 December 2015, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (“MIIT”), China’s telecoms and Internet regulator, issued the revised Classification Catalogue of Telecommunications Businesses (2015 Edition) (the “2015 Catalogue“). The long-awaited 2015 Catalogue will come into effect on 1 March 2016. A draft which included some of the main changes to the 2015 Catalogue was … Continue Reading
China has finally made a move to regulate the smart mobile devices applications (Mobile Apps) industry, which has been on fire for many years but has experienced certain “growing pains” recently. This move may signal the end of the “gold rush era” for China’s Mobile App market and usher in a more orderly and regulated market environment.
On 18 November … Continue Reading
In January 2015, a number of virtual private network (“VPN”) companies located outside of the People’s Republic of China (“PRC” or “China”) that serve customers within China reported major disruptions of service. These disruptions, reportedly the result of an upgrade to China’s censorship system stemming from safety concerns, have affected many people and companies … Continue Reading
Since the establishment of the Shanghai Free Trade Zone (“Shanghai FTZ”), investors have been closely monitoring the liberalization policies in the telecommunications sector. Historically, given the highly sensitive nature of the telecommunications sector, foreign participation has been very limited in this highly regulated industry. In China, telecommunication services are divided for regulatory purposes into basic telecommunication services (“BTS”) and value-added … Continue Reading