China’s State Council released “Broadband China” strategic plan on Aug. 17 to deploy for the goals and development paths of the broadband sector in the future years (Official statement).

According to the plan, China targets to realize full broadband network coverage by 2020 with the penetration rate of fixed line and 3G/LTE networks reaching 70% and 85%, respectively.

The speed of urban and rural broadband accesses will reach 50M and 12M respectively by 2020. The broadband coverage in administrative villages is expected to reach 95% by 2015 and 98% by 2020.

“Broadband China” will hopefully prompt the investment in Internet, data communication and transmission industries. China’s telecom carriers invested overall 370 billion yuan ($60.01 billion) in broadband construction in 2012, attracting an additional 130 billion yuan of investments from Internet enterprises.

China’s broadband network reportedly slides one spot from five years ago to the 78th in 2011, lagging far behind the international level (source in Chinese). Lots of developed countries rolled out state broadband strategic plans after the financial crisis, noted Wu Hequan, academician of Chinese Academy of Science. The U.S. established broadband fund, Japan provides interest-free loans to broadband operators and Sweden government paid for 50 percent for the broadband construction cost in rural areas, he introduced.

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