China Plans to Expand Broadband Coverage to 70% of Internet Users
February 28, 2013 9:11 AM
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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
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RE: Bigger issue with population density than the US
2/28/2013 1:21:55 PM
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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