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Faster and more affordable internet connection stimulates traditional industries

Updated: Jul 17,2017 4:21 PM

The government has been calling for faster speed and lower prices for internet service for the past two years. According to data released by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MITT), the number of China’s mobile phone users reached 1.35 billion by April, with the household penetration rate for fixed broadband growing to 63 percent.

More than that, the move also promoted the application of big data, cloud computing, and the internet of things (IoT) to traditional industries.

A typical case is the bike-sharing industry. Thanks to it, bike output surges are quite fast in 2017 after lingering for many years.

Another example is Dengjiabu Paddy Growing Field in Jiangxi province. With the development of agricultural IoT, cloud computing and big data, it can precisely collect and analyze the temperature, moisture, illumination and the acidity and alkalinity of soil.

Shangqiu, a city in Henan province, through cooperation with Alibaba Group and China Unicom, sells its knitted underwear, garments, measuring tools, refrigerating appliances, food, alcohol, and diamond products on the 1688 website to drive sales.

“To stimulate the market, the cost of internet access for small and micro businesses, and roaming charges and long-distance fees will still be sharply decreased by the end of this year,” according to Wen Ku, a senior official at the MITT.