Yup, that’s Shanghaiist on the computer.
If you often feel like that guy in the picture on the right, the problem is not yours alone — Shanghai is home to the slowest internet in all of China. But here’s some good news: China Telecom is introducing fiber-optic cables citywide to give a boost to your internet speeds, and they’re rolling out incentives beginning next month to entice consumers:
As part of the initiative, users whose current household Internet speed is 2 megabits per second, for example, will see their broadband speed doubled to 4mbps without extra charge during the transitional period to complete the new network, a China Telecom manager said.
Gradually as the whole service platform improves locally, users can expect to enjoy lightening-fast broadband speeds of up to 100mbps at home, enabling smooth uploading and downloading of videos and better live video conferencing, among other benefits.
Unfortunately, no price plans or timeline for that 100mbps broadband yet, but we’ll be sure to keep you posted.
In related news, local government officials say they’re confident that most households will be connected to broadband by 2015, making Shanghai one of the most wired cities in China.