China has been reporting some serious growth in its ability to provide broadband service to its people as not only did they add 51 million new Internet users in 2012, but they’ve also announced a new policy that would demand all new residences be equipped with fiber network connections starting April 1.
In addition to expanding their residential broadband coverage, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology plans to expand their fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) connections to support 35 million households in 2013. This move will give over 70 percent of Chinese residences 4M broadband connections or faster. Ultimately, China plans to make broadband Internet available to 250 million users by 2015, which we’re sure they’ll reach that mark if they continue their current rate of growth.
By the end of the year, China expects to have 180,000 new 3G base stations and 1.3 million Wi-Fi hotspots. Meanwhile, here in the U.S., some cable companies believe they shouldn’t be offering better Internet service due to the belief their customers don’t want it.