Wireless internet equipment which can be shared by a building’s occupants will soon bring millions of Chinese people online, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

About 33 million Chinese people use the internet, according to official figures.

That is only about 3% of the population, though access is growing fast.

This has posed a problem for the Chinese government which is keen to take advantage of the commercial benefits of the web, yet loath to accept the loss of control over what people see and read that comes with it.