The great firewall of China is no secret. Our experts have been blogging about it and providing data sharing solutions for years, but some people are still struggling to complete online business or use the internet for private use while in the People’s Republic.
It's been good times in China but I'm seriously fed up with bashing my head against that digital wall! #GreatFirewallOfChina— NOT AT HER DESK (@notatherdesk) December 3, 2015
@MicrosoftHelps could you please help me out to verify my e-mail, I'm in China and it got blocked because of suspicious conection— Daniel Roger (@Danirogerc) February 23, 2016
The Problem with VPNs
Because of China’s strict regulations and censorship, many internet users opt to use virtual private networks (VPNs), which allow computers to connect with private web servers on other computers to effectively bypass controls and use the public internet freely.
VPNs use encryption alongside a number of other security protocols to prevent usage being visible, however China’s Communist Party (CCP) is constantly blocking these VPNs, especially those that connect with servers in Hong Kong, Bangkok and the USA.
This crackdown means VPNs are often taken offline and those that avoid being shut down by officials often suffer routine downtime and extremely slow speeds.
How many times have you reset the VPN today? 16 times for me #greatfirewallofChina— Amelia Chappelow (@ameliachappelow) May 25, 2016
This is not helped by the fact that China has notoriously slow internet. At the moment, China’s internet penetration rate is only 48%, something officials are hoping to almost double by 2020, specifically in rural towns and cities.
slow internet speeds really puts a damper on research #greatfirewallofchina— Clarissa Wei (@dearclarissa) January 22, 2016
Maytech Provides a High-Quality Alternative to VPNs
Our FTP Stream uses a cloud based file transfer solution that can help make file sharing with, or within China, quicker and more reliable. With a local data centre in Hong Kong, our system allows users to transfer files up to 40 times faster than if using the Chinese public internet.