Poor families and seniors benefit from free broadband upgrades
According to industry regulators and telecommunications authorities, more than 820,000 families in Shanghai are receiving free broadband upgrades as part of the city’s blueprint to boost digital transformation.
According to the Shanghai government, this proposal was one of the “Top 10 Practical Projects for Serving People” in 2021.
Many are in financial distress and families with older people have access to 100 Mbps, or megabytes per second, broadband bandwidth by the end of July.
Upgrades, installations, and related communications equipment were provided free of charge, according to local branches of China Mobile, China Telecom, and China Unicom.
According to the Shanghai Economic Informatization Commission, Shanghai achieved its goal of providing an upgrade to 800,000 households in 2021, driving the digital transformation of the city and closing the digital gap.
China Telecom’s Shanghai branch, the city’s largest broadband service provider, has provided free upgrades to 520,000 households in line with city-wide network upgrades.
Especially to fill the digital gap in the elderly community, Shanghai Telecom has published a guide textbook on broadband know-how and tips. Carriers also provide on-site consulting to the local community prior to installation.
China Mobile has provided a free upgrade to 200,000 households with special information and support on how to use it for the elderly and prevent online fraud.
The free upgrade is part of the city’s blueprint for digital transformation, released at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC) 2021 in Shanghai in July.
This blueprint aims to transform Shanghai into a world-class innovative digital hub by 2023, covering 12 special projects and 40 key tasks.
Currently, the average broadband bandwidth in the city is 210 Mbps, but by the end of this year it will reach 300 Mbps, making it the fastest city in the country.
In addition to free upgrades, the fastest broadband bandwidth in the city is over 1 Gbps, or gigabits per second, thanks to fiber network upgrades.
With improved network infrastructure, carriers have launched new services and applications. They offer smart home systems and a variety of services in the areas of education, transportation, medical care, games, and elderly care.