September 2 – China's fixed asset investment in the electronics industry rose 9.5% year on year to 567 billion yuan in the first 7 months of 2013, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. The figures were based on projects with at least 5 million yuan in investment.
August 26 – China's National Development and Reform Commission and Ministry of Industry and Information Technology are planning to ask wireless carriers to further reduce service fees amid anti-monopoly investigations into the oil, telecom, auto and banking industries, the Economic Observer reported.
August 21 – Revenue from China's telecommunications industry rose 8.8% year on year to 664.53 billion yuan in the first 7 months of 2013, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said. There were 183 million households having access to broadband connectivity and 1.19 billion mobile service subscribers as of the end of July 2013, an increase of 12.78 million households and an increase of 73.07 million mobile service subscribers during the 7 months. The number of 3G service users increased by 100.93 million, and they accounted for 28.2% of all mobile service subscribers.
August 16 – The National Development and Reform Commission released a circular detailing its support for e-commerce business. The government will shore up e-commerce logistics and expand e-commerce services to tier-2 and tier-3 cities, will use the value-added tax pilot program to spur growth of the EMS industry thus cutting e-commerce logistics costs, and will subsidize small and midsized firms that purchase through e-commerce channels.
August 13 – China's consumption of information technology grew 20% year on year to 2.07 trillion yuan in 1H 2013, said Shang Bing, a senior official with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. Smartphone shipments surged 120% year on year to 214 million units in China in 1H 2013, and the cyber population reached 550 million, including 464 million who used cellphone to access the web, according to Shang.
August 9 – The value of mobile payment transactions rose 64.7% quarter on quarter to 106.41 billion yuan in Q2 2013, iResearch said. Mobile internet-based payments accounted for 97% of the total increase while SMS-based the remainder. iResearch attributed growth to a strong mobile e-commerce sector and mobile payment's convenience
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