China Unicom to lift wireless Internet connection speed in 56 cities

14:23, March 30, 2011      

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China Unicom (SH: 600050) has decided to lift the Internet connection speed in 56 cities across China from the current 7 megabytes per second to more than 20 megabytes per second before May 17, said China Unicom Chairman Chang Xiaobing during the 2011 China (Shenzhen) IT Leadership Summit on March 28.

He said that the company is optimistic about the prospect of intelligent mobile phones, also known as smartphones, and other intelligent 3G terminals.

Chang said that 2011 will be a year of explosive growth for China's 3G sector, during which it will transform from a fledging sector to one developing at a rapid rate.

He said that the number of 3G users worldwide has been on the rapid rise over recent years. The mobile Internet penetration rates are very high in the Asia-Pacific Region in countries such as Japan, South Korea and China's Hong Kong, and the figure for Chinese mainland is expected to reach double digits by the end of 2011.

Chang said that the number of 3G mobile phone service subscribers reached 59 million at the end of February 2011, including 23 million or 39 percent intelligent mobile phone users. The number of 3G intelligent terminals has accounted for 46 percent of the total number of 3G terminals.

He estimated that the popularity of smartphones will grow rapidly over the next two years, and China Unicom will take full-scale steps to accelerate the popularity of low, medium and high-end smartphones.

Furthermore, China Unicom believes that optical access network will be mainstream in the future, and its cost performance is already good enough for large-scale development. Chang said that the company is certain through two years of experience in developing optical access networks in some cities that the time is mature to enter into the fiber era. The company has first initiated the establishment of large optical access networks in some cities, accelerating the pace of its Fiber to the Home (FTTH) program.

By People's Daily Online

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