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Chinese government plans massive broadband rollout for 2013

The Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology announced this week that it plans to significantly increase the number of homes with broadband access. The Chinese government wants to get broadband access (4M or higher) into the homes of more than 70% of the country's internet users by the end of 2013.

The push to get more users online is part of China's 2013 Broadband China project aiming to increase fiber-to-the-home coverage by more than 35 million households. The number of homes with access to the service last year increased to 49%, with 94 million users covered.
Minister Miao Wei also said that China plans to add 1.3 million wireless hotspots.

The ministry had previously stated that it planned to have broadband coverage for 250 million users in China by the end of 2015.
Companies in the U.S. are also looking to expand fiber connections to consumers, albeit slowly. Google recently launched its Google Fiber service in Kansas City, and users are seeing download speeds approaching 700 Mbps.

Source: China Daily

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By ChugokuOtaku on 2/28/2013 10:40:19 AM , Rating: 2
For a little background info, broadband(especially DSL) took off VERY fast in China once it became available, because it was actually cheaper than dial-up. This is due to the fact that Chinese telecoms are monopolized, and there are no unlimited calling plans for landlines at the time. Thus with dial-up, your internet usage is billed by the minute, which actually help encourage broadband adoption.

Of all the friends and families I've visited in China within the last 2 years, I haven't come across a single apartment dwelling household without broadband, and this is across more than a dozen cities of different sizes, although a good number are on DSL(or perhaps is DSL no longer considered broadband these days?). I'm a bit puzzled by the article, as it somehow suggest a good number of internet users don't have broadband. Even more puzzling, is the fact that in China, you don't have any true suburbs as we do here in the states. You're either in the city, or you're out in the country. Cities grow by eating up adjacent land, and usually the latest infrastructure is laid down, including fiber.

Unless the source of the article is pointing at the central government's intent on providing broadband to rural villages and whatever that currently doesn't have internet period, it doesn't really make a lotta sense to me. It would make more sense if say, they intend to INCREASE internet users by a certain percentage.

By Motoman on 2/28/2013 10:51:22 AM , Rating: 2
I haven't come across a single apartment dwelling household without broadband

...but that's it right there. By virtue of the fact that those people are living in apartments, they're in high-density population centers. Whether or not that population center is far away from other centers - it's relatively cost-efficient to run one main line to that distant population center and then *bam* get internet to everybody in all those apartments.

Those aren't rural dwellers.

By ChugokuOtaku on 2/28/2013 11:07:27 AM , Rating: 2
Not arguing against that fact that it's easier to roll out broadband in cities. But the article is suggesting that the central government trying to provide broadband coverage to EXISTING internet users NOT on broadband, as opposed to lighting up fiber to new users. Considering that the bulk of internet users dwell in cities, dial-up users should be close to non-existent.

The last time I remember seeing dial-up in China was in the late '90s. If this is the case, who are the internet users not on broadband? Are they in villages? The 70% stated in this article doesn't help without stating the percentage of non-broadband internet users. The article does state that as of last year, 49% of homes had fiber. That number is believable as my gf who lives in a midsize Chinese city just had her apartment lit with fiber late last year.

I think what the article is trying to state, is that the 70% is the target for FIBER internet users, not broadband. I wouldn't be surprised if that got lost in translation somewhere...

By Motoman on 2/28/2013 1:21:55 PM , Rating: 2
the 70% is the target for FIBER internet users, not broadband

Hmmm...well maybe I didn't read that right at first. But if that's the case, I kind of wonder about the point of the announcement. So you're going to take 70% of current broadband users and increase their bandwidth? Yay. That will do pretty close to f%ck-all to improve much of anything.

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