Li Urges Ministry to Improve Internet Speed and Bandwidth
A meeting on the Chinese economy during the first quarter with entrepreneurs and economists was held in Beijing last Tuesday with the head of MIIT being urged to lower fees for mobile internet users, improve internet speeds and expand bandwidth. As the country promised to improve its broadband speeds and cut internet fees as Premiers Li Keqiang met with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology citing that internet costs in China is too high.
Construction of 4G networks and speed enhancement is this year’s focus and the ministry has already urged enterprises relevant to the industry to speed up research and carry out the detailed plans. Since most people visiting public places often want to if Wi-Fi is available since using mobile date is too expensive which is proven in a survey that was conducted that around 75 percent of 100,000 respondents pay 50 to 300 yuan a month for mobile internet. 73.6 percent of the respondents say that they can only afford to pay 50 yuan a month and 3.6 percent are willing to pay 100 yuan to be online.
Internet speeds are clocked at low level in which 66 percent of the respondents agree that the internet speed is slow, while 92 percent say that their speed is just enough. Based on the State of the Internet report in 2014 the average internet speed in China is around 3.8Mbps, while the average global speed is at 3.9 Mbps.