Tuesday, April 22, 2003

Broadband Usage Is Growing Fast In China

Tech WebThe number of broadband users in China will grow to 13 million by the end of the year, a market research firm said Tuesday.

The growth rate for 2003 is expected to follow the same pattern as in 2002, when the number of users increased from 2 million to 6.6 million in the last six months, Parks Associates said.

"Important drivers of the market include the decreasing price of broadband equipment and services, the continuous growth of PCs and Internet users, more appealing Internet content, including pirated movies, and heavy promotions from service providers," Parks analyst Yuanzhe "Michael" Cai said.

Chinese telecoms dominate the broadband market, with China Telecom in the No. 1 spot. These companies offer a variety of access methods, including ADSL, cable modem, Ethernet + LAN, and Wi-Fi. ADSL currently has the majority of the market, with more than 3 million users.

From the article "Broadband Usage Is Growing Fast In China."

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