China’s new leadership has high hopes for its new Broadband internet strategy. As in the US, and Europe, faster broadband should equal greater industrial efficiency, and, convenience for households.
Cao Shumin, Direoctor of China Academy of Telecom Research, MIIT, says, “China’s newly elected leadership pays a great attention on broadband built, and I believe the new version of ‘Broadband China’ strategy, with concrete development measures, will be released soon.”
According to a blueprint issued by the State Council on Saturday, China intends to be thoroughly connected to the internet by 2015, with urban and rural household broadband speeds reaching 20 Mbps and 4 Mbps respectively.
The “Broadband China” strategy and implementation plan was posted on the central government’s website on Saturday. It outlined the target and timetable for China to become a leader in international broadband accessibility.
The strategy aims at rolling out Wi-Fi coverage in key public urban areas by 2013 and fixed broadband coverage for half of Chinese households by 2015. Homes in some developed cities will also enjoy a broadband speed of 1GB per second in 2020.
To reach the speeds set forth this weekend by the State Council, China has a lot of catching up to do, and miles upon miles of fiber optic wires to lay out. The average fixed broadband download speed in China was a mere 3 Mbps in the first half of this year, according to a report released by the Broadband Development Alliance, a third party research organization.
Currently, the strategy is led by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, and operated by the telecom carriers.
By the target year, China will have a fixed broadband user base of 270 million and 850 million Internet surfers.
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