China Telecom aims to make Shanghai a gigabit city

China Telecom’s Shanghai branch Shanghai Telecom plans to deploy the first commercial FTTH network in China using 10G PON technologies, and aims to provide full 1Gbps fiber coverage across Shanghai over the next three years.

Shanghai Telecom has contracted Huawei to help with the rollout, which marks an important step towards making Shanghai China’s first gigabit city, the vendor said.

Shanghai Telecom was providing 1Gbps access for 269 communities in the city, and through the deployment aims to increase the average access rate for its network from 50Mbps to 280Mbps by the end of 2018.

The operator is using its high-speed network to offer a range of home broadband services, such as multi-channel 4K video streaming, video calls and conferencing an video-based smart home services.

Under the latest rollout, the company is adopting Huawei optical line terminals (OLT) and optical network terminals (ONT) capable of providing gigabit convergence, 4K video streaming to 16,000 concurrent households over a single subrack, 8K video streaming, VR applications and smart home services.

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Shanghai’s broadband to be the world’s broadest

SHANGHAI will become the world’s first city with full coverage network of 1 gigabit broadband bandwidth, offering 10 to 20 times faster Internet access and representing the next-generation broadband services, the country’s biggest fixed-line phone maker said today.

China Telecom plans to invest 3 billon yuan (US$435 million) to build the upgraded network in 2017, which will cover 5,000 communities or 60 percent of the city by the end of this year. The network will cover the whole city in 2018 with expected more than 1 million family users then.

The average price for one megabyte is about 1.4 yuan now, 8.1 percent decrease from a year ago, according to China Telecom’s Shanghai branch.

It’s the latest move for telecommunications carriers to cut cost and improve Internet access speed as a national strategy to encourage information consumption and offer better information infrastructure for innovation.

Shanghai Telecom also announced to cut international roaming fee up to 90 percent, kick off unlimited mobile traffic data packages and offer more free Wi-Fi spots in the city.

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