According to a report, internet connection speeds around China have increased by up to 20% in the third quarter of this year. The connection speeds move up from 3.3 Mbps seen in the second quarter to a more robust 3.97 Mbps within the last three months, with over 74% of the country’s internet population experiencing speeds of between 3 and 4 Mbps on average.
Of all China’s provinces, Shanghai has consistently remained the one with the highest average internet speed, with connections averaging around 6.17 Mbps around the area. Shanghai is also the only province within China to enjoy connection speeds of over 6 Mbps.
Although many provinces still have a long way to go until they match internet connectivity hubs like Hong Kong, Singapore and South Korea, the third quarter of 2013 did see 6 provinces achieving average internet speeds of over 4 Mbps. Beijing, Jiangsu, Fujian, Shandong, Zhejiang and Heilongjiang all joined Shanghai, which had previously been the only Chinese province were internet speeds climbed above 4 Mbps, according to data from ChinaCache International Holdings.
China Mobile, the world’s largest cellular carrier, was unfortunately the provider of the slowest internet speeds amongst the three main telecom companies in the country. Providing only 3.77 Mbps connection speed, it feel behind China Unicom’s 3.87 Mbps internet, and China Telecom’s offer of 4.06 Mbps. Although its internet speeds are the slowest at this point, China Mobile has bridged the gap with its competitors by an impressive 35% during this last quarter.