China's Internet speeds less than 50% of global average

14:58, January 20, 2011      

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By the end of December 2010, the number of netizens using the Internet in China rose to 457 million, up 73.3 million from a year earlier, but the average internet speed was less than half of the global average Internet speed, according to information released by the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) on Jan. 19.

A survey of CNNIC shows that despite progress, China's Internet capability still faces challenges. The average connection speed last year was relatively slow — merely 100.9 kilobytes per second. The speed was about half of the global average of 212.5 kilobytes per second.

At present, the top three provinces in terms of average connection speed were Henan Province (kilobytes per second), Hunan Province (128.2 kilobytes per second) and Hebei Province (124.5 kilobytes per second). The slowest average connection speeds were in Shanghai (73.2 kilobytes per second), Jiangsu Province (74.4 kilobytes per second) and Tibet (76.6 kilobytes per second).

Beijing ranked 13th in the whole country, and its Internet speed averaged 105.7 kilobytes per second.

By Zhang Qian, People's Daily Online


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