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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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RE: Bigger issue with population density than the US
By tayb on 2/28/2013 11:57:58 AM , Rating: 1
The keyword in the article is "internet users." This is not a push to bring broadband to 70% of the population. Their goal of 250 million by 2015 would be lass than 20% of the total population.

If 80% of the market wants digital/streaming services that is what the market will do. Tough shit for the 20%.


By Motoman on 2/28/2013 1:23:50 PM , Rating: 2
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If 80% of the market wants digital/streaming services that is what the market will do. Tough sh1t for the 20%.


LOL. Love the way you rush to bite the hand that feeds you. Literally.

Also, unrelatedly, may I take this opportunity to say how gay it is for DT to automatically append a URL link and message now to everything you copy from a user comment? Now, when quoting someone, you have to delete that crap back off. Gay.


By tayb on 2/28/2013 2:07:50 PM , Rating: 2
There are not ~62 million farmers in the US. And even if there were are they just going to stop being a farmer because they have to suffer through buffering to watch TV or wait longer to play video games?

What I said wasn't anything but a proclamation of exactly what will happen. It's not a "rush to condemn farmers." This is a capitalist country and the market will be dictated by the demand of the masses. It's no different than saying that people who live in rural areas will pay more and wait longer for packages. It's a fact.


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