Growth in Internet users and broadband services is being driven by the country’s Broadband China project, according to the telecoms minister. By Sean Buckley.
China will continue to be a dominant country for the Internet, with China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) reporting that the user base will reach 800m in 2015. Miao Wei, MIIT minister, said Internet usage growth will be driven by the country’s ‘Broadband China’ project.
According to the Internet Society of China, the country had about 505m Internet users with about 150m of them having a broadband connection at the end of 2011.
MIIT has set a goal of having over 250m broadband users by the end of 2012, with speeds of up to 20Mbit/s in urban areas and 4Mbit/s in rural areas. The regulator also wants to make broadband available to 95 per cent of the country over the next two years.
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