China aims nationwide broadband by 2020

Beijing, Aug 18 (IANS) China will strive to complete broadband coverage in urban and rural areas by 2020, the government announced Saturday.

The move is aimed at achieving WiFi coverage in key public urban areas by 2013 and providing fixed broadband coverage for half of Chinese households by 2015.

On Saturday, the State Council elevated national broadband development as a national strategy and announced a implementation timetable for its development over the coming eight years, Xinhua reported.

This strategy will be carried out in three phases.

A policy on support for information products and services was released Aug 14 in a bid to boost domestic demand and fuel economic growth.


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