The cost of mobile data in China has dropped by more than 46% in the first half of the year compared to the same time last year, according to the government.

The numbers were released by the State Council Information Office, which functions as the chief information office of the Chinese government, at a meeting on July 24 to discuss the development of the telecommunications industry.

Despite the decline in cost, China still lags far behind when it comes to overall internet speed. The country currently ranks 141st globally, with an overall reported download speed of 2.38Mbps. For the sake of comparison, South Korea—ranked 30th worldwide—achieves speeds of 20.63Mbps.

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Chris Udemans

Christopher Udemans is a Shanghai-based data and graphics reporter. He covers Chinese artificial intelligence, mobility, and cybersecurity. You can contact him at chrisudemans [at] technode [dot] com.