Getting Online: Internet in China

Find about the Internet options available to you in your home in China...

China Telecom and China Unicom are the main providers of Internet services, but each city and province has other local options. Various rates and speeds are available, and packages combining landline and Internet services are offered by the main two providers.

Broadband connections are already in place in many new apartments and houses, and some areas may have fibre optic cables for faster services. Where there is no broadband connection, slower ADSL connections are usually available. To take over an account, the tenant should telephone the provider's helpline, or call into one of their offices. If the property is unconnected and a new line must be installed, the tenant may need to have a local Chinese person open an account on their behalf. The tenant and the sponsor should go to the office together, and proof of identity and of address is required from both parties.

Those wishing to apply for their own internet account need to be registered with the Public Security Bureau and present their passport and a copy to the provider. Most providers will charge an installation fee and request three months payment in advance.