China yesterday pledged faster broadband and lower prices for Internet services in the country, which has the largest base of net users in the world but rigorously monitors and maintains strict control on the online content. Also Read - Safer Internet Day 2021: Here's how you can ensure your online security
China will accelerate construction of a high-speed network with cheaper charges so as to improve people’s livelihood, support “Internet Plus” and foster new growth impetus, an official statement put out after a cabinet meeting presided by Premier Li Keqiang said. By June 2014, there were 632 million internet users in the country and a penetration rate of 46.9 percent. Despite massive expansion of internet in China, the speed was slow mostly curtailed by firewalls built in to block what China?perceives to be dangerous content. Also Read - Mobile internet services suspended on Delhi borders till February 2
Popular networks like Google, Gmail, and social media sites like Facebook and Twitter are all blocked in China. They can be accessed only with Virtual Private Networks, (VPNs). “Internet Plus”,put forward by Li, means the integration of the Internet and traditional industries through online platforms and IT technology. The meeting urged telecom companies to quickly publish detailed plans for faster and cheaper broadband services and free upgrades for the contracts already signed. Also Read - Mobile internet suspended in Haryana till 5PM on February 1, 2021
Optical and broadband network will be further promoted in the countryside, aiming at realising access to broadband services for 14,000 villages by the end of this year. China will expand bandwidth to help the country connect with the world more easily and to help attract investment, the statement said. Open market, fair competition and more financial supports will help with upgrades of broadband facilities in rural areas and expand pilot broadband access business to over 100 enterprises by the year end, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
Stricter monitoring of broadband services and charges will protect consumer rights. Any false advertising or fraud in network flow will be tackled.