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Most Chinese netizens using false broadband?

(Beijing Times)

09:17, December 27, 2011

Edited and translated by Yao Chun, People's Daily Online

Most of Chinese Internet users are using false broadband, according to an investigative report from the Data Center of the China Internet (DCCI).

Survey: More than half of broadband speeds are substandard

Most Internet users experience substandard broadband speeds that do not match the price they have paid to service providers, according to an investigative report from the Data Center of the China Internet (DCCI) Thursday.

The report showed that the average connection speed of more than half of the Internet users cannot reach the standard promised by service providers.

For example, the average connection speed experienced by 4M (4 megabytes per second) users was 232.7 kilobytes per second (KB/s), while for 2M users it was 2KB/s, much slower than the 400KB/s and 200KB/s speeds they are supposed to get.

"Bandwidth is limited and slowness occurs when the number of users increases. It's like having too many vehicles on the road," said Lu Benfu, director of the Internet Development Research Center at the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

It is common for up to 100 households to share a single broadband connection, but they are often not informed of the situation. This constitutes false broadband access, Lu said.

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Canada at 2011-12-2770.36.49.*
I agree with the expert - broadband not meeting promised maximum speed is common -certainly common here, I don"t reach maximum speed. Servers hosting websites can be insufficient to meet usage slowing connection speed, too many users on the internet, the farther away the server, the longer it takes to connect. If the broadband access is via telephone line, how many households are on the same line shouldn"t affect speed. It may matter how far away you are away from provider"s node [correct name?]. Broadband access via TV cable is the slowest, because the more households that share a connection and are using it at the same time, the slower it is...although cable companies deny it. Fibre optics are the fastest, but the faster it is, the higher the cost. There is no hope here or in the U.S. of broadband ever being free - corporations look at ways of making more money. There are some WiFi hot spots around, not that many, but wireless is slower. South Korea does have unusually high speed.

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