With a goal of 270M fixed broadband lines in 2015 and near-universal service by 2020, the new "Broadband China" strategy is extraordinary. OFweek, a valuable site in Chinese, breaks the plan into three phases.
The first is a full speed stage, ending in 2013, that deploys basic broadband and 3G widely. The second stage, 2014-2015, is dedicated to a further takeup and wider deployment. That will include 400,000+ LTE cell sites. I believe the government sees this as promoting their national goal of raising closer to the developed standard rural areas, the West and minorities including Uyghur and Tibetans. They have set a goal of 270M fixed connections in 2015, about 80M more than today. At the current growth rate of 4-6M per quarter, that's achievable.
The third stage, 2016-2020, is for "optimization and upgrading." They intend one of the most advanced networks in the world, including over 100M lines of fiber home. China Telecom is also increasing fiber to the basement and seriously testing vectored VDSL. Complete text in Google translation here.
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