Shanghai’s broadband is to be the world’s broadest

SHANGHAI will become the world’s first city with full coverage network of 1 gigabyte broadband bandwidth, offering 10 to 20 times faster Internet access and representing the next-generation broadband services, the country’s biggest fixed-line phone maker said today. China Telecom plans to invest 3 billon yuan (US$435 million) to build the upgraded network in 2017, which will cover 5,000 communities or 60 percent of the city by the end of this year. The network will cover the whole city in 2018 with expected more than 1 million family users then.

The average price for one megabyte is about 1.4 yuan now, 8.1 percent decrease from a year ago, according to China Telecom’s Shanghai branch. It’s the latest move for telecommunications carriers to cut cost and improve Internet access speed as a national strategy to encourage information consumption and offer better information infrastructure for innovation. Shanghai Telecom also announced to cut international roaming fee up to 90 percent, kick off unlimited mobile traffic data packages and offer more free Wi-Fi spots in the city.

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