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Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA)

Telecommunications Services

Liberalisation Measures under CEPA

The Agreement on Trade in Services covers and consolidates commitments relating to liberalisation of trade in services provided in CEPA and its Supplements and also the Agreement between the Mainland and Hong Kong on Achieving Basic Liberalisation of Trade in Services in Guangdong.

Agreement on Trade in Services
Liberalisation Measures under Telecommunication (Positive List) 1
Sectors or sub-sectors
  • 2. Communications services
    • C. Telecommunications services
  1. Voice telephone services
  2. Packet-switched data transmission services
  3. Circuit-switched data transmission services
  4. Telex services
  5. Telegraph services
  6. Facsimile services
  7. Private leased circuit services
  8. Electronic mail services
  9. Voice mail services
  10. On-line information and data base retrieval services
  11. Electronic data interchange (EDI) services
  12. Enhanced/value-added facsimile services, including store and forward, store and retrieve
  13. Code and protocol conversion services
  14. On-line information and/or data processing (including transaction processing)
  15. Other (paging, teleconference, mobile maritime and air-to-ground communications, etc.)
Specific commitments
  1. To allow Hong Kong service suppliers to set up joint ventures or wholly-owned enterprises to provide the following telecommunications services within the Mainland. There is no restriction on the proportion of Hong Kong capital in the shareholding2:
    1) Online data processing and transaction processing services (restricted to e-commerce business websites only);
    2) Multi-party communications services within the Mainland;
    3) Store and forward services;
    4) Call centre services;
    5) Internet access services (restrictedto provide Internet access services to users);
    6) Content services (restricted to application stores only).
     
  2. To allow Hong Kong service suppliers to set up joint venture enterprises to provide the following telecommunications services within the Mainland. The proportion of Hong Kong capital in the shareholding should not exceed 50%3:
    1) Online data processing and transaction processing services (except e-commerce business websites);
    2) Mainland IP based Virtual Private Network Services;
    3) Internet data centre services;
    4) Internet access services (except providing Internet access services to users);
    5) Content services (except application stores).
     
  3. To allow Hong Kong service suppliers to distribute in Guangdong Province fixed/mobile telephone service cards which can only be used in Hong Kong (excluding mobile satellite phone service card)4 .

     
  4. To allow contractual service providers employed by Hong Kong service suppliers, in the mode of movement of natural persons, to provide the following telecommunications services in the Mainland 5
    1) Online data processing and transaction processing (confine to e-commerce business websites only);
    2) Call centre services;
    3) Internet access services.
1 With respect to the modes of commercial presence and cross-border services of telecommunications services sector (sub-sector), the liberalisation commitments by the Mainland to Hong Kong service suppliers shall maintain the use of Positive List to set out the liberalisation measures. Table 3 of Annex 1 of this Agreement covers all liberalisation measures under the telecommunications services sector (sub-sector) in CEPA and its Supplements, and Guangdong Agreement.
2 Covering the liberalisation measures provided in CEPA, Supplement X, and Guangdong Agreement, and the newly added liberalisation measures in this Agreement.
3  Covering the liberalisation measures provided in CEPA andSupplement IV.
4 Covering the liberalisation measures provided in CEPA Supplement VI; shall meet the requirements stipulated in the Memorandum of Understanding concerning the distribution of telephone cards in the Guangdong Province signed between the relevant Mainland and Hong Kong telecommunications authorities.
5 Covering the liberalisation measures provided in CEPA Supplement X.