Internet, mobile users to be compensated

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 30 July, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 30 July, 2009, 12:00am

The Xinjiang government says it will compensate mobile-phone subscribers and internet users for services disrupted by the July 5 riot.

'Telecom companies will compensate users either by reducing fees or extending service terms,' the government's press office said.

Internet connections and mobile text-message services were cut in some parts of Urumqi, the regional capital, shortly after the riot.

City Communist Party secretary Li Zhi said that the shutdown was meant to 'quench the riot quickly and prevent violence from spreading to other places'.

The regional communications administration said yesterday that services were gradually being restored.

'We have reopened online banking, security, recruitment and some e-commerce services,' a government spokesman said.

Mobile users were now able to receive some text messages, including weather forecasts and government notices, he said.