China to step up broadband development

China to step up broadband development

Summary: Target is to have over 250 million broadband users, and raise access speeds in both urban and rural areas, with service coverage hitting 95 percent by end of 2015.


China plans to accelerate the development of broandband Internet access to increase the country's economic and social development.

Liu Lihua, the country's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) vice minister, said in a statement released on the Web site on Tuesday, China aims to have more than 250 million broadband users by the end of 2015, with Internet access speeds in urban and rural areas reaching 20 megabits and 4 megabits respectively.

He also said broadband service coverage in the rural parts of China will hit 95 percent by 2015.

Relevant companies should intensify research and development inputs to provide high-quality products to meet the different needs of small and midsized businesses (SMBs), schools, households and communities, he urged.

The ministry will formulate more regulations to ensure fair competition and smoother developments the broadband industry, Liu added, noting more than 100 countries have launched broadband development strategies.

According to the latest report by China's Internet Network Information Center in July, China's Internet users had hit 538 million by the end of Jun. 2012, up from 485 million a year ago.

Topics: Broadband, Government Asia, China

Ellyne Phneah

About Ellyne Phneah

Elly grew up on the adrenaline of crime fiction and it spurred her interest in cybercrime, privacy and the terror on the dark side of IT. At ZDNet Asia, she has made it her mission to warn readers of upcoming security threats, while also covering other tech issues.

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.


Log in or register to join the discussion
  • China to step up broadband development

    that is the only advantage of centralized planning, very fast advances in infrastructure development. apart from that, govt by the people and for the people is way better. i believe china is following the way of singapore in the 70's. the us had done tha same thing before with arpa/darpa. the internet was developed with fed money (tax dollars) and when done, turned over to private enterprise for further development. the nasa space program was funded by tax dollar, and now the private privateers are taking the helm for future advances. supercomputing was developed by arpa with ibm, again with your tax dollar. now, even small manufacturing concern are benefitting from the largesse of those undertakings. on the downside, the san francisco to los angeles high-speed train was languishing for the last thirty years, yet nothing has happened (govt by the people...), in contrast the chinese high-speed rail was developed/installed within five years!
  • My campus is now offering 8Mbps up from 4Mbps last year

    Faster porn!