[photopress:Internetuser.jpg,full,alignright]A new broadband information network, 3TNet, which brings together telecom, internet, radio and TV has been introduced in many regions in China. According to the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) it was first tested in the Yangtze River Delta. Having passed that test 3TNet is now in operation in many regions.
3TNet gives a four times boost to speeds for access to the Internet. For most Chinese families that have access to broadband, average speeds are currently less than 10 Mbps. This will go up to 40 Mbps which makes video on demand a reality and allows a range of interactive digital programs and services such as tele-medical and tele-education services. The network also has an interactive video telephone facility.
A MOST official said China supports the integration of telecom, internet and television networks in order to minimize information technology costs.
More than 30 top Chinese firms, universities and scientific research institutes — including China Telecom, Shanghai Media Group and the Institute of Acoustics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences — helped in developing the network.
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