China plans nationwide broadband by 2020

China is planning to complete nationwide broadband coverage of both urban and rural areas by 2020 according to State Council, China’s cabinet.

The state council has elevated national broadband development as a national strategy and has announced an implementation timetable for the next eight years.

The strategy will be carried out in three phases. First, fiber optic networks and 3G mobile coverage will be facilitated in 2013. Second, internet coverage will be expanded from 2014 to 2015. Third, the network and technology updates will be the key task from 2016 to 2020.

The strategy aims to achieve Wi-Fi coverage in key public urban areas by 2013 and fixed broadband coverage for half of Chinese households by 2015. As per plan, homes in some developed cities will enjoy data speed of one gigabits per second (Gbps) in 2020.

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