China’s average download speed for fixed broadband networks reached 4.03Mbit/s (515.4kByte/s) in Q2 this year, rising 8.6% from 3.71Mbit/s in Q1 this year and 37.5% as compared with the first half of last year, according to a report released by the Broadband Development Alliance, a third party research organization.

From regional perspective, Shanghai, Beijing, Jiangsu, Sichuan and Fujian grabbed the top five positions in terms of average download speed. Altogether nine provincial-level regions recorded average download speed higher than 4Mbit/s, including the top five regions as well as Zhejiang, Shandong, Tianjin and Guangdong.

China’s regional difference in broadband speed is obvious. Eight out of the nine above-mentioned regions come from the East with an only exception of Sichuan, which is located in the west of China. The average download speed of all provinces exceeded 3Mbit/s.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.