Telecom operators from China, South Korea, and Japan have signed a strategic agreement to reduce the international data roaming fees among the three countries from March 2011.
According to reports in South Korean local media, China Mobile, South Korea's KT, and Japan's NTT DoCoMo have signed the strategic framework agreement at China Mobile's headquarters. The three companies announced that they will work together to provider better services to users. In addition, they decided to launch a new data roaming service package in March 2010 to provide unlimited data access to their subscribers in the three countries.
The reports also revealed that KT suggested the three parties should use their existing Wi-Fi hot spots to create a so-called "Northeast Asia free roaming region". By the end of 2010, KT had established 42,000 Wi-Fi hot spots in South Korea, China Mobile had 49,000 in China, and NTT DoCoMo had 7,000.
In addition, the three operators are considering lowering the voice communication roaming fees among the three countries and provide preferential services to users who visit the other two countries.