100% broadband connectivity

It was not so long ago the Chinese government’s five year plans were aiming at achieving 95% of telephone connectivity in all villages - the term is in fact divided in “natural” and “administrative” villages and only the latter which are bureaucratic entities are included in the statistics.

One province has leapfrogged these perennial developments plans. Jiangsu – China’s second biggest province in terms of GDP – has become the first province to provide broadband Internet service for all its 150,548 villages. This 100% broadband connectivity was achieved thanks to massive investments by China Telecom.

While impressive the achievement relfects largely the shift of Chinese netizens to broadband: according to China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), the number of broadband users has increased by 100 million between 2007 and 2008. This shouldn’t make us forget that the digital gap is still growing with the more remote provinces.

P.S.: CNNIC’s definition of a Netizen is “any Chinese citizen aged 6 and above who have used the Internet in the past half a year”

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