China Communications, 8/06/08
Zhao Jidong, deputy CEO of China Netcom (NYSE: CN; 0906.HK) and general manager of Beijing Netcom, recently stated that Beijing Netcom has less than 1,000 users of its 8M ADSL broadband service.
Netcom's 8M broadband service uses ADSL2+ technology, but given the length of time needed to deploy the technology, there are many places lacking the ability to install or upgrade to high-speed ADSL (ADSL2+). 8M broadband service can also be offered only to post-pay subscribers, making the service unusable for residents of Beijing lacking an official Beijing residence permit.
According to Zhao Jidong, 70% of ADSL users in Beijing have a 1M connection.
Editor';s Note: On May 17, 2008, Beijing Netcom launched its 8Mbps broadband service, costing RMB 498 per month or RMB 4,980 annually. For more background on this topic, please see ";Beijing Netcom Launches 8Mbps Broadband Service";, MD 5/19/08 issue.