APPENDIX A: CHINA & THE INTERNET – A HISTORY

The People’s Republic of China has been on a significantly rapid economic growth trajectory since mid-1988; a growth that, for now, seems unending. And while China’s two decades of history, with almost double-digit economic growth, has impressed the world, China’s telecommunications sector has progressed even more rapidly than the rest of the “Middle Kingdom’s” economy. According to Milton Mueller and Siziang Tam, the telecommunications market in China has been expanding annually by 30–50 per cent.dv The Chinese Publicly Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) adds approximately 10 million phone lines to the nation’s public network each year.

As of 2004, the People’s Republic of China led worldwide broadband ...

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