Steven Millward
Steven Millward
12:00 pm on Sep 20, 2012

Regular readers will know that China is aiming for 100 Mbps broadband in some regions by 2015. But for now, most Chinese web users spend a lot of time looking at spinning or expanding loading graphics as their under-performing broadband struggles to deliver.

Slow broadband has significant implications in a lot of areas: it could cramp the phenomenal rise of e-commerce in China, thwart startups, and even deter foreign direct investment. China’s MIIT has said that, as of the end of 2011, 83 percent of Chinese broadband users were on at least 2 Mbps connections. That’s a long way short of 100 Mbps.

So which areas are zooming ahead or lagging behind? This infographic from ChinaCache – the folks who run this local speed test site – shows that, perhaps unsurprisingly, China’s much more developed southern and eastern regions have the best home and office web speeds, with averages close to 6 Mbps. But with neighboring Hong Kong three times faster than Shanghai, it’s clearly still a question of struggling infrastructure. Shanghai is the fastest in the mainland, and accelerating away from the others with an 86 percent increase in speed between December 2011 and May 2012. Notice that the supposed tech hub around Guangdong province – which contains Shenzhen, borders Hong Kong, and is a GDP powerhouse – has some truly lamentable broadband speeds:

For more fun graphics like this one, check out previous entries in our infographic series.

[Source: ChinaCache / ChinaWebReport]

  • mike

    The 100 Mbps broadband is already available for a while in Guangdong, but it’s still way too expensive for most people :

  • Willis Wee

    nice, thanks for the share! 377 yuan is indeed quite expensive..

  • Kostas Hairopoulos

    i just relocated to Chaoyang Park paying to China Telecom about 3000 RMB per year. The tool shows to me about 3,3 Mbps but for overseas goes down to 100 kbps. Any suggestions

  • Lawrence

    Just a guess here, but I’ll bet that Beijing should be 18 Million vs 180 Million users.

    Nice infographic though (yes, I know its done by someone else).

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