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Beijing issues plan to promote "three-network convergence"

Video-conferencing technology demonstrated at the PT/EXPO COMM CHINA 2013 in Beijing, Sept. 24, 2013. (File photo/Xinhua)

Video-conferencing technology demonstrated at the PT/EXPO COMM CHINA 2013 in Beijing, Sept. 24, 2013. (File photo/Xinhua)

China’s State Council released a plan on Friday promoting a nationwide project to deliver telecom, radio, television and internet services over a single broadband connection.

The “three-network convergence” project is aimed at integrating data transmission infrastructure and facilitating information sharing, according to the plan.

“The project can help upgrade consumption, overhaul industrial structure and improve peoples’s livelihoods,” said the document.

Radio and television stations are allowed to operate telecom and internet services. Telecom companies are allowed to make radio and television programs, except for political news.

The “two-way” entry to each other’s business will be implemented in a gradual way, the plan also said.

Optical fiber will replace copper wires so that internet speeds and transmission capacity will be improved. Internet bandwidth will be increased, especially in rural areas.

The plan asked enterprises to safeguard cyber security and “cultural security,” by enhancing the ability to ward off hacking, information tampering, radio and television program interruption and attempts to paralyze internet services in China.

China will promote the development of digital publishing, interactive new media and mobile multimedia, and encourage the consumption of animation, games, digital music and online artworks.

The government will also support the research and development of key equipment needed to converge the three networks.

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