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100Mbps broadband by 2012

SHANGHAI plans to make home broadband 10 times faster and establish a citywide mobile broadband network, with more 3G base stations and a next-generation broadcasting network by 2012, local officials said yesterday.

The city, one of the pilot regions chosen to test Three Network Convergence - the convergence of Internet, TV and mobile networks - will be expected to take a leading role in implementing national policy in sectors such as infrastructure construction, business scale and service level.

Shanghai is to encourage cooperation between local TV broadcasting and telecommunications firms, such as joint ventures between the sectors.

Meanwhile, there will be more cross-platform services such as Internet Protocol TV IPTV, mobile TV and online broadcasting organizations on one unified network.

This means that Chinese TV, Internet and mobile phone users might soon be able to use a single gadget for all the things that now require separate pieces of hardware and accounts.

An improved network access capacity in Shanghai could allow users to enjoy services through any device anywhere, industry insiders said.

For Three Network Convergence, Shanghai plans to establish a fiber optical network to 1 million households with a speed of 100 megabits per second, more than 10 times present levels.

Telecommunications carriers plan to add 2,000 Wi-Fi hotspots and 1,300 3G base stations to build a mobile broadband network covering the city.

The NGB network, which is being built by SMG's subsidiary Oriental Cable Network, will provide users with high-quality digital TV content and interactive services.

Shanghai Media Group is the city's No. 1 media giant covering TV broadcasting and TV content production.

China has 300 million TV sets and Wang Xiaojie, general director of the science and technology division of the General Administration of Press and Publication, said: "The TV set is the most popular and affordable device for integrated services."

Wang noted the lack of interactivity at present, saying: "The biggest bottleneck of the TV network is single-way transition but it will change."

Telecommunications carriers, including China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom, will also invited to provide media content on TV and mobile phones, according to OCN.

Shanghai is one of 12 cities and regions chosen by the State Council, China's Cabinet, as a pilot area.


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