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New residences built in China where fiber access exists must be equipped for it

 As of April 1, 2013, newly built residences in China that are located in counties and cities where a public fiber optic telecom network is available must be equipped with fiber network connections.

A report in chinadaily.com said the order from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology will also require residences to offer equal connections to services from various telecom companies allowing customers to choose which service they want. The story cited Economic Information Daily as reporting that the government hopes to have 40 million families connected to fiber networks by 2015.  The new standards are aimed at growing domestic fiber broadband networks to provide the Fiber To The Home services.

The story said that telecom operators have been more active with FTTH projects. It noted that China Unicom (Hong Kong) Ltd, the nation's second largest telecom carrier by user number, added 10 million Chinese families to its FTTH project in 2012.

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