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Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA)

Telecommunications Services

Relevant Mainland Rules and Regulations

Rules and regulations promulgated by the Mainland authorities relating to the implementation of commitments under CEPA :

Establishment of Value-added Telecommunications Enterprises

Distribution of Telephone Cards in the Mainland

  • According to  CEPA, HKSS are allowed to distribute in the Mainland fixed and/or mobile telephone service cards (the "Calling Cards") which can only be used in Hong Kong (excluding mobile satellite phone service cards).  For details, please refer to the "Guidance Note on the Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement to Allow Hong Kong Service Suppliers to Distribute Fixed / Mobile Telephone Service Cards in the Mainland" ("Guidanceā€ Note").
  • According to the Guidance Note, HKSS selling Hong Kong telephone cards in the Mainland shall be able to meet the following requirements:
    1. It should be a holder of valid Carrier Licence or Services-based Operator Licence of Class 3 Services for Mobile Virtual Network Operator Services issued by the Communications Authority;
    2. It should have obtained a HKSS certificate issued by the Trade and Industry Department of Hong Kong;
    3. It should sign and submit to the Office of the Communications Authority ("OFCA") an undertaking  for and on behalf of itself and its agent(s), where applicable; and
    4. It should notify OFCA, for and on behalf of itself and its agent(s), where applicable, before distributing the Calling Cards in the Mainland.

For other details, please refer to :

Enquiries concerning the relevant rules and regulations, the application procedures and requirements for the investment in telecommunications enterprises in the Mainland can be directed to:

  • The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People's Republic of China