UPI: Submarine Cable To Speed China’s Web Access

From UPI, via Top Tech News:

Access to overseas Web sites from Beijing and other areas of north China often is painfully slow, particularly during times of peak demand, such as after business office hours and on weekends. The experience is not unlike highways in the Chinese capital during rush hour: Digital traffic moves at a snail’s pace.

China ranks second only to the United States in the number of Internet users. The China Internet Network Information Center reported last January the country had 94 million subscribers at the end of 2004 and growing about 18 percent annually. DSL/broadband accounted for 25.8 million of those users, the report said.

The new cable will enable Asia Netcom to connect its 19,500-kilometer (12,120-mile) submarine cable system directly to the domestic network of its parent, China Netcom, the dominant player in China’s landline phone market.

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