Strong growth in China's broadband market predicted
Copyright 2002 M2 Communications Ltd.
China's broadband Internet audience will grow by nearly 500 percent during 2002, according to research and consulting firm Strategy Analytics.
In a new research report, Strategy Analytics predicts that 2.9m Chinese households will subscribe to broadband Internet services by the end of 2002 and by 2008, some 37m Chinese homes will use broadband. A majority, nearly three quarters, will use a DSL provider, such as China Telecom.
In densely populated areas of China, fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) services have also become popular, in the form of Metropolitan Area Networks (MANs), but the use of residential cable modem services has been limited by regulatory restrictions, Strategy Analytics notes.