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Sunday, 15 May 2016 21:43

Two Chinese telco giants to drop 4G prices

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China Mobile and China Telecom have announced plans to drop 4G prices later this year.

Chinese news website CriEnglish.com has quoted China portal ChinaNews.com’s news that China’s two big telco giants are set to drop 4G prices.

China Mobile will reportedly build over 300,000 4G base stations across China - a massive number that will allow its 4G network to cover an incredibly 1.35 billion people, or 97% of the population.

It makes Australia’s 24 million just a drop in the bucket - even if we are spread across a massive country ourselves.

ChinaNews.com says China Mobile will drop its 4G prices and roaming fees, and is unsurprisingly making R&D investments into 5G technology.

Meanwhile, as Australia struggles with its NBN project, China Mobile has its eye on fixed broadband, and says that ‘most’ of its users will enjoy 50Mbps speeds by year’s end, with the average speed to be at least 20Mbps.

Again this puts Australia’s 5Mbps speeds in perspective, and shows you how China can take a massive country with 1.35 billion people and give them 50Mbps while Australia’s politicians bicker over electioneering nonsense and promises everyone knows will be broken (it’s just a question of which promises), while failing in their attempts to deliver broadband in the span of a year or two, rather than the many, many years most people will still be waiting.

More below, please read on.

China Telecom is also set to drop prices and its average broadband speeds are set to hit ‘at least 30Mbps.’

More detail at CriEnglish.com here


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