At a press conference held by the State Council Information Office on October 23, Wen Ku, a spokesman for the Ministry of industry and information technology and director of the Department of information and communications development, said that network speed-up and fee reduction is not only a red envelope for ordinary people, but also of great significance to stimulate consumption, promote entrepreneurship and employment, and promote the transformation and upgrading of the national economy. Since the 13th five year plan, Chinas network capacity has been significantly enhanced, the network speed has doubled and the tariff has continued to decline, providing the people with information services that are usable, affordable and well used.
Wen Ku said that since the 13th five year plan, China has built the worlds largest information and communication network. 4G base stations account for more than half of the worlds 4G base stations, and more than 690000 5g base stations have been built in less than a year. In the past five years, the proportion of optical fiber users has increased from 34% to 93%. The proportion of 4G users increased from 7.6% to 81%, far higher than the global average.
With the evolution and upgrading of technology and the advanced deployment of network infrastructure, the network speed is also doubling. According to the data recently monitored by the broadband development alliance, the average end-to-end download rate of fixed broadband and 4G users in China has increased by more than seven times compared with that in 2015. The end-to-end speed of fixed network is 43M, and that of mobile network (4G) is 29m. The user experience of network speed has been significantly improved.
Wen Ku said that the Ministry of industry and information technology has continued to promote the reduction of Telecom charges, promote enterprises to launch various preferential tariff schemes, cancel the domestic long-distance roaming charges and traffic roaming fees of mobile phones, and launch such measures as the traffic will not be cleared in the current month and the network speed will not increase the price. Over the past five years, the average tariff of fixed broadband and mobile phone traffic has dropped by more than 95%, and more than 1 billion mobile phone or communication users are benefited by various measures every year. The reduction of tariff promotes the popularization and application of network. The average monthly consumption flow of users reached 10.86g, which was 38 times higher than that in 2015.
Wenku said that the next step, on the one hand, will continue to promote the speed and quality of the network, further promote the network evolution and upgrading, and continuously improve the network speed. On the other hand, it is also necessary to promote the basic telecom enterprises to continue to implement the cost reduction measures, ensure that all the targets of this year are completed, and continuously improve the service quality and level, so as to meet the new needs of the integration of network information technology and economic and social development.