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Rumor: Beijing Unicom to Upgrade Broadband Speeds

Beijing Times, 11/28/11

Beijing Unicom is reportedly planning to significantly upgrade broadband speeds at no additional charge, for example raising 2 Mbps connections to 8-10 Mbps, according to a source within the operator. The upgrade may cover users on standard copper wire phone lines as well as fiber optics, although fiber optics will definitely see larger speed increases. The source said the upgrade may occur at the end of this year, although a schedule has not been set yet.

Beijing Unicom estimates that FTTH coverage will reach 1 mln households, or 55% penetration, by the end of this year. During China's 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-2015), Beijing Unicom aims to reach 100% FTTH coverage, offering 100 Mbps broadband access to residential users and 10 Gbps access to corporate users.

Keywords: China Unicom broadband subscribers coverage broadband penetration telecom fiber optics broadband access FTTH 12th Five-Year Plan 0762.HK 600050.SH CHU corporate user bandwidth

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