Chna-Fiber120M Chinese have fiber home connections, more than the entire rest of the world. That's actual connections (including businesses), not availability or homes passed. When I first saw that figure in Google translation from the Chinese, I thought it a program problem. But now the authoritative Point-Topic data confirms it. P-T counts 213M Chinese connected at the beginning of this year, a number confirmed by financial filings and government data.

The Chinese government decided a few years ago that a faster Internet was good for the country. They made it so, with the cooperation of government-controlled carriers.

 China Telecom has 115M broadband subs, China Netcom 72M, (company data) dwarfing other carriers worldwide. The growth in 2015 was 6.5% (P-T), a far drop from the 15-20% growth of 2010-2012 but fastest among the top ten broadband countries. The growth seems to be slowing as 4G becomes near-ubiquitous at attractive prices. 4G ARPU at China Telecom is about $12. China Mobile added 25M 4G subscriptions in February, 2016

Since 2012, the number of pure DSL lines dropped from 108M to 11M. Some pure DSL was replaced with hybrid fiber/DSL, but most were migrated to fiber. The pure DSL drop in 2015 was an astonishing 48M. That was enough to produce a 19% drop in pure copper DSL lines worldwide.

Update 5/8 From Chris Lane, I've learned there are 18M cable modem lines in China, Lane confirmed the ~$7 for the slowest service, which Phil McKinney of Cablelabs told me in a radio interview. 30 meg is ~$14, 100 meg $21. Another datapoint that the U.S. can deliver broadband for the poor at $9.25.


Often interesting


Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, Feb 27-March 2 100,000 mob Barcelona. Fares from New York are triple the usual price and hotels even higher - if you can find one less than a hour from the city. Everybody who is anybody goes so everybody who is anybody goes. Beyond the pomp and hot air are a slew of top technical people. Seek them out and make sure yo make appointments in advance with the people you want to see. Hint: You can still get rooms at the hostels in town. Next year, book way in advance to get one of the hotel rooms GSMA have negotiated with the city.

Digital Hollywood Media Summit, New York March 7-8. Victor Harwood always had an enormous number of top people in an almost overcrowded schedule. Senior folks from advertising, all media, marketing and more. VR and AR are heavily represented, from the talent to the salesmen. The price is about half what most shows charge and there are discounts for those with limited resources, including students.  A great way to learn what the most advanced in these fields are doing.

Brooklyn 5G Summit April 19-21st The most sophisticated people in wireless will be there, from the CTOs of NTT and Nokia to the most respected academics on the planet. Incredible S/N. If you can't come to Brooklyn, you must watch the stream. It takes two or three years for most people to catch up to what's learned here. Summit, Paris May 9-11 Trevor Linney of BT is deploying 10M lines. John Cioffi promises something astonishing. Everyone in the industry will be there except Broadcom, being their usual antisocial self. On the 9th, Hubert Mariotte of the standards committee has a deep technical tutorial and I have a session for everyone else.

TNO Ultrabroadband Den Haag June 12-15 Always a strong group.

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