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China equips government agencies with genuine software

(China Daily)

09:15, July 18, 2012

BEIJING - A senior copyright official announced on Tuesday that China has completed the second phase of a national anti-piracy campaign on the software used by government agencies.

The first two stages covered inspection and correction of improper use of software in national authorities and provincial governments, said Yan Xiaohong, deputy director of the National Copyright Administration, at a press conference.

According to Yan, more than 1 billion yuan (156.9 million US dollars) was spent on 158,823 operating system licenses, 506,693 copies of office software, plus anti-virus and other special-purpose software during the campaign, which finished at the end of June.

Yan highlighted that foreign software providers received equal treatment during the procurement with no preference given to domestic companies.

It turned out that Chinese and foreign companies took similar shares in the project.

With regards to operation systems, foreign companies have a notable larger market share, while Chinese domestic firms took about two-thirds of the office applications but still earned less than their foreign counterparts due to lower pricing, explained Yan.

Centralized procurement of general software was also adopted in the drive, which has enabled government agencies to get licenses at a 30 to 50-percent discount, said Li Baorong, deputy head of the Government Offices Administration of the State Council.

Inspection and license procurements at city and county levels are scheduled to conclude at the end of 2013.


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