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Q: Why is the internet here so terrible and slow!?? Or do I just have cheap wifi? Haha

4 years 25 weeks ago in  General  - China

 
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I get pretty solid speeds; about 45mpbs on average when I run speedtest.net then maybe 7 or 8 mbps with the VPN on. China Telecom. Think it's a fiber optic hook up

 

but the service still seems to go out a lot. Maybe once a month.

 

It's more than 300 per month though so it's not super cheap.

 

I think it's not so much that internet speeds are crap here it's that people buy the cheapest package and it's just not what we're used to. Let's say in US the cheap package is like 10mbps for $30/mth and here it'll be 3 mbps for $20/mth or something. 

 

Then they wonder why it sucks, cause the cheapest package at home was always good enough. People have lower expectations here and not a lot of money, so they have to offer shitty lowcost services that aren't really a great value.

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Haha! You must just have cheap wifi. Haha!

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I get pretty solid speeds; about 45mpbs on average when I run speedtest.net then maybe 7 or 8 mbps with the VPN on. China Telecom. Think it's a fiber optic hook up

 

but the service still seems to go out a lot. Maybe once a month.

 

It's more than 300 per month though so it's not super cheap.

 

I think it's not so much that internet speeds are crap here it's that people buy the cheapest package and it's just not what we're used to. Let's say in US the cheap package is like 10mbps for $30/mth and here it'll be 3 mbps for $20/mth or something. 

 

Then they wonder why it sucks, cause the cheapest package at home was always good enough. People have lower expectations here and not a lot of money, so they have to offer shitty lowcost services that aren't really a great value.

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In China every connections with other countries, including your VPN, go through one single line that is being monitored by the CCP's watchdogs.

 

That's why Chinese websites with servers located withing China's Mainland are light fast, and Foreign websites much slower.

 

It has nothing to do with the distance, if your live in Southern Yunnan it will probably take longer to connect to some Thai website located 150km away across the border than to connect to some Chinese website located in Harbin 2500km away if both have similar hardware and connection speed.

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You give absolutely no information that could possibly help
* Where do you live in China ? For example, Shanghai area is horribly slow, yet in Gansu it's faster (which is quite a WTF)

* Do you mostly go to websites hosted out of China ?

* Do you used Wifi access in a place with lots of Wifi access points ? Or a wired connections ?

* What Internet package you paid for ?

Ha ha !

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The infrastructure is not updated. But, I read that China plans to spend a couple hundred billion RMB over the next two years to correct the infrastructure.

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