China’s overall internet speeds for the third quarter have surpassed 15Mbits per second for both download and upload, mobile and fixed line broadband, celebrated as the “double double”, according to the “China Broadband Speed Report” from the country’s Broadband Development Alliance (in Chinese). Fixed line broadband speeds have increased for 11 consecutive quarters since the 2015 launch of the “Faster Speeds, Lower Costs” policy, meaning speeds are up 3.2x. Regional variations persist for both mobile and fixed line, with Shanghai still in the lead. China Mobile leads for broadband.

Government efforts are pushing fiber optics, better 4G coverage, more powerful servers and increased bandwidth for international traffic, according to the report.

Broadband speed has accelerated by 16.2% on the second quarter alone, adding an extra 2.29Mbit/s to reach an average of 16.40Mbit/s for downloads. Mobile broadband speeds for 4G have sped up by 14.5% on the last quarter to reach average download speeds of 15.4Mbit/s (5.68Mbit/s for 3G).

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Frank Hersey is a Beijing-based tech reporter who's been coming to China since 2001. He tries to go beyond the headlines to explain the context and impact of developments in China's tech sector. Get in...