China gets serious about introduce private investment into broadband, with trials planned for 16 cities. But the game is stacked in favour of the incumbents, and it's not even clear who can play.
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Shanghai residents enjoy China’s fastest broadband, with bandwidth two-thirds higher than the national average, says the latest quarterly survey by CDN player China Cache.
China Cache’s CC Index puts Shanghai at 4.34Mbps – the only one above 4Mpbs - followed by Fujian and Zhejiang provinces at 3.17 and 3.07Mbps respectively. Beijing ranks eighth with an average 2.79Mbps.
The national average of 2.59Mbps compares with 2.31Mbps in the third quarter.
China's western regions fell behind the national average with a connection speed of 2.34 Mb/s, while the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region was the last on the list with 1.74Mb/s.
Comparing China's three major carriers, China Unicom had the slowest average connection speed of 2.3 Mb/s, slightly behind China Mobile's 2.36 Mb/s and China Telecom's 2.63 Mb/s.
Just as interesting as China Cache’s quarterly broadband rankings is its real-time CC Index which scores operators and major cities and provinces over the past week.
In the current rankings Shanghai Telecom is still top, but six of other nine at China Mobile provincial affiliates, underscoring the dominance of mobile in the China market.
Meanwhile, Beijing’s Jing Hua newspaper (via Sina Tech) says the capital now has 4.74m fixed-line broadband users, with 52.7% enjoying bandwidth of 4Mbps or above and 20.1% on at least 10Mbps. Last year China’s capital rolled out fibre to 1.14m more homes, taking the total of fibre-capable residences to 4.82m.