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High-speed broadband cost ‘high’

Some of Shanghai Internet-savvy users welcomed the new high-speed broadband but were not too welcoming about the high costs of it.

Shanghai Telecom will upgrade its broadband network, tripling the speed to 100 Mbps (megabytes per second) next month, the company said yesterday. But some users complained that the price — 280 yuan a month for 100 Mbps and 240 yuan for 50 Mbps — was way too high.

The city’s average broadband speed is 16 to 20 Mbps now.

“That’s robbery. I don’t like it that I have to pay so much money,” said Jenny Zhu, a Shanghai-based finance officer who pays a monthly broadband package of 150 yuan for 20 Mbps.

Some even suggested that they wouldn’t switch to the new services for what they termed exorbitant prices.

But there were a few who didn’t mind the costs for a speedier service.

Shanghai Telecom claimed that the improved broadband speed would benefit those hooked on to high-definition online video.

The company said it would also offer an integrated package for broadband and mobile services for a discounted annual fee of 2,000 yuan for 100 Mbps.

“That suits me as I am addicted to online films and pictures,” said Wei Zhong, a 32-year-old IT website editor.



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