Gao Yuan and Chen Limin report to China Daily that ".. The country will put the Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6)-based network into small-scale commercial pilot use by the end of 2013, and deploy and commercialize the IPv6-based network on a large scale between 2014 and 2015, according to a statement released after an executive meeting of the State Council that was presided over by Premier Wen Jiabao .. By 2010, China had about 278 million IPv4 addresses, according to data from the China Internet Network Information Center. That was far fewer than the 450 million Internet users who live in the country".
Hu Qiheng (pictured), director-general of the Internet Society of China said: "The development of IPv6 is one of the most important tasks for China's Internet industry during the 12th Five-Year Plan period, from 2011 to 2015".
See "New Internet protocol to undergo test" - here.
According to Shenyin & Wanguo Securities, "China's development of the Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6)-based network will attract 160 billion yuan [$25B] investment" (here).
In parallel, Zhu Shenshen reports to the Shanghai Daily that "China is to increase Internet access speed by five times and cut broadband costs .. By 2015, China's average broadband bandwidth will hit 20 megabytes [megabits] per second (Mbps) in urban areas, almost five times the current level. In rural areas, the bandwidth will reach 4 Mbps .. By the end of November, China had 155 million family broadband users and 119 million 3G phone users.. 11 million Internet Protocol TV users and 40 million mobile video users "