Unicom to invest in Tibetan infrastructure

7 Dec 2009

China Unicom has announced that it will invest RMB1.8 billion (USD265 million) over five years in the autonomous region of Tibet to upgrade infrastructure on the plateau. The money will be used to improve telecoms infrastructure, e-government, and the information infrastructure of small businesses and rural areas, according to the agreement. Broadband internet access is currently only available in urban areas of 72 counties in Tibet, with a further 3,421 Tibetan villages able to connect to the web via dial-up access. Unicom’s announcement follows one by China Telecom in June to invest RMB2.5 billion in Tibet; as a result, by the end of 2011 60% of Tibet’s 5,931 villages are expected to have access to broadband internet services.

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