China has become the largest internet market in the world, with the majority of users accessing the Internet through mobile devices. China’s government is aiming for universal and affordable broadband coverage through investment and competition as specified in policies.
Fixed broadband penetration in China has grown strongly over the past five years. Fibre broadband continues to be the fastest growing broadband segment, as DSL and cable modem access will continue to decline as customers migrate away from these platforms in favour of fibre broadband. There was very strong growth in fibre connections from 2012 to 2017.
Within China one of the largest drivers of economic growth is its increasing urbanisation rate as rural residents move to cities in search of economic opportunities as urban residents earn three times the income of rural residents in China.
Moderate growth is predicted over the next five years in the fixed broadband segment for the 2018 to 2023 time-period.
The future growth prospects for fixed broadband in China is dependent on the value that a fixed connection can bring relative to the mobile Internet connections that are already predominant throughout China, given that over 80% of China’s Internet users access the Internet through mobile devices.
Much of the initial growth in China’s digital economy was underpinned by the online demand for information, media and commerce, giving rise to China’s three domestic digital economy giants; Baidu (search), Alibaba (e-commerce) and Tencent (social media). Also evolving within China’s digital economy to meet the needs of China’s online audience are the banking and financial services industry, public administration services, health services and education services. China is the world’s largest e-commerce market and the online retail sales are forecasted to grow strongly.
China Mobile; China Telecom; China Unicom, Alibaba, JD.com, Baidu, Tencent, SINA, Weibo, Sohu, Xiaomi, Meilishuo, Mogujie, RenRen, Youku, Iqiyi/Qiyi, V.QQ.com, BesTV
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