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年过半百,经历坎坷.少年遇"文革",下乡八载,虽历经磨难,唯斗志不减,农耕间隙自学不辍,终守得云开日出,考进大学.大学毕业后先后经历了中学执教,国企管理,外企高管,最后回归重执教鞭.目前在家精心培养有志掌握英语的中小学生. 我最大的愿望就是看到孩子学有所成,桃李天下.

我新发表的文章《谁偷了我的网速?》  

2013-10-21 10:17:42|  分类: 默认分类 |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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前言:自从我90年代中期上网以来,上网方式已经经历了几次“升级换代”,从DSL到拨号上网再到现在的光纤进户,网速从原来的2M到了最新的100M。可是我的感觉是网速并没有明显的提高。浏览网页经常还是有迟滞现象,有时半天不动。我不知道是因为我的电脑的软硬件不够好呢还是其他原因。但中国的网络速度缓慢是举世闻名的,与中国在国际上的经济和科技地位不相符。根据国际电信联盟最近公布的2013年信息社会衡量报告(MIS),中国的信息化发展指标的国际排名仅为第78名,不仅落后于欧美发达国家,还落后于像安提瓜和巴布达(第49名)和特立尼达和多巴哥(第66名)这样的拉美岛国。

说到底,这样的落后还是垄断造成的。香港这个弹丸之地有185个持牌宽带服务供应商,从而使香港的宽带网速达到世界第二。

没有充分竞争,再先进的硬件设施都无法充分发挥作用。

Who stole my Internet speed?

Wu Guangqiang

 SINCE I began to go online in the mid-1990s, I have gone through several technology upgrades for my Internet connection, evolving from DSL to dial-up and then to the present LAN (cable). My Internet service provider cajoled me last year into paying higher fees for their pledged faster speed of optical access, from 2 Mbit/s to 6 Mbit/s. Despite the tantalizing high-tech jargon and accompanying rise in costs, however, I’ve hardly seen a noticeable increase in the speed of my Internet access.

It’s definitely not my illusion; my wife and son both have drawn the same conclusion. During some “online rush hours,” clicks on Web pages simply get no response at all. So, when a salesperson from my Internet service provider went all out the other day to pitch their latest packet of acceleration, from 6 Mbit/s to 20 Mbit/s, at an even higher cost, I balked. I have to find out why those fair-sounding promises for faster speeds keep falling through before I come to a decision.

China’s Internet access has been notorious for its snail-like speed, which is unbecoming for China’s global status as the world’s second-largest economy and biggest market, with the largest population of the Internet users, on both fixed and mobile networks.

 As per the Measuring the Information Society (MIS) Report 2013, released by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on Oct. 7, China ranked 78th in terms of Informatization Development Index, not only lagging far behind advanced countries in Europe and North America, but also put to shame in comparison with tiny island nations in Latin America such as Antigua and Barbuda (49th) and Trinidad and Tobago (66th).

 The ITU has been publishing its annual MIS Report since 2009. It features two benchmarking tools to measure information society: the ICT (Information and Communications Technology) Development Index and the ICT Price Basket. South Korea topped the report’s ICT rankings this year, for the third year in a row, followed closely by Sweden, Iceland, Denmark, Finland and Norway.

The MIS Report 2013 speaks highly of Hong Kong’s achievements in broadband service. Hong Kong’s international Internet bandwidth per user is the second-highest in the world, after Luxembourg. According to the Office of the Communications Authority, state-of-the-art telecommunications infrastructure has been an important factor in making Hong Kong one of the world’s leading business and financial centers.

Hong Kong’s successful experience has served as a foil to the root of the Chinese mainland’s backward Internet service.

There is full and keen competition in Hong Kong, while the huge market is under the grip of monopoly by a handful of telecom giants on the Chinese mainland. At the end of 2012, Hong Kong had 185 licensed broadband Internet service providers and about 2.27 million registered customers — from a population of just over 7 million — enjoying broadband services with speeds of up to 1,000 Mbit/s. Some 87 percent of households had fixed broadband at home.

Hong Kong is also one of the world’s leaders in the deployment of FTTH/B (fiber-to-the-home/building) technologies. In addition to a highly competitive 3G market, all five mobile network operators have deployed the 4G technology of LTE. ITU price data also show that Hong Kong’s fixed and mobile broadband services are very affordable, in particular when compared internationally. By contrast, the Chinese mainland’s per capita international bandwidth level in 2012 was only 4,165 bit/s.

Data from China Consumer Association show that among all the complaints it received in the first half of this year, Internet connectivity was the third-largest category. What’s even worse is that some Chinese carriers were offering phony broadband connection speeds. Some providers claimed to offer 50 Mbit/s connections, but actually offered only 20 Mbit/s.

In my case, after multiple technical upgrades and price increases with the same resulting speed, I began to suspect the authenticity of my service provider’s repeated guarantees. But there is little that I can do about it, as there are only two carriers where I live and they offer similar products with the same prices.

It’s obvious that unless more competition is introduced in the Internet market, China will continue to fall behind in the fast-growing market, despite its massive investment in Internet infrastructure. Great hardware cannot be fully utilized without excellent software.

 

(The author is an English tutor and a freelance writer.)

 

 

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