Southern Metropolitan News, 2/08/12
Chen Jiachun, deputy director of the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology's (MIIT) Department of Communications Development, said at a press conference convened by the State Council Information Office yesterday that upgrading broadband speeds would be one of the MIIT's major tasks for 2012. The MIIT has stepped up efforts to draft project implementation plans, and is researching quantitative targets for each stage of implementation.
According to figures released by news agency Xinhua at the end of 2011, China's average bandwidth speed is roughly 100 Kbps per person - far lower than the 230 Kbps per person average in developed nations. Miao Wei, Minister for Industry and Information Technology, stated previously that the MIIT's strategic target for broadband was to have urban home access speeds of 20 Mbps by 2015 - meaning speeds sufficient for simultaneous transmission of HD TV content to two televisions - and rural speeds of 4 Mbps.