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China: Shanghai Revs Up Internet Speed with Network Upgrade
Source: shanghaidaily.com
Source Date: Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, ICT for MDGs, Internet Governance
Country: China
Created: Jan 29, 2013

SHANGHAI has the fastest Internet speed on the Chinese mainland and the fastest improvement in broadband speed globally in recent years, the country's biggest land-line operator China Telecom said today.

China Telecom's Shanghai branch now has 2.6 million family subscribers and plans to double its broadband speed to 32 megabytes per second (Mbps) by the end of this year with another round of network upgrade starting in March.

By the end of last year, Shanghai's average broadband bandwidth reached 16 Mbps, the fastest on the mainland. Since 2009, Shanghai's average broadband bandwidth has jumped 6.9 times, the fastest in the world, Shanghai Telecom cited Internet service providers like ChinaCache and NetIndex.

The carrier won't charge users extra for network upgrade, which makes each megabyte bandwidth cost less, company officials said.

The broadband service was often a cause of concern for users because of its low speed and high price. Three years ago, a Beijing-based research firm said Shanghai had the nation's slowest broadband network.

China Telecom's average broadband bandwidth in Shanghai will hit 50 Mbps by 2015 to catch up with that in South Korea and Japan, the officials said.

The company's faster fiber optic network has covered 2.6 million homes and offices and the number of fiber optic network users is expected to hit 3.6 million by the end of this year.
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