There is a supplier in Beijing who is selling VDSL2 modem routers for 200 yuan (around £20). I am working hard to negotiate a minimum order of, erm, one.
These devices, which have the model number DB120-B2+ are the CPE used by ChinaTelecom. The devices use the same xDSL processor, the Broadcom 6368, as Huawei has used in its Openreach-branded HG612 model.
The Broadcom 6368 is a competent piece of kit. It's a 32-bit dual core MIPS System-On-Chip which is widely used in other VDSL2 CPE. The 6368 has been sighted in the wild in CPE used in Chile, Argentina, Finland, Red China, Romania and Germany.
The Huawei, of course, is best known for getting hot, very very hot.
The ChinaTelecom VDSL2 modem-router by contrast exudes pure communist class. It is in a slick black metal enclosure, runs as cool as a cucumber, boasts 4x gigabit ethernet ports, sports unrivalled 802.11n WLAN and a USB 2.0 port.
And with twice the RAM and twice the flash capacity, this magnificent little beauty of Beijing leaves the smoldering bourgeois beast from Openreach for dust.
Even the retail price of the DB120-B2+ is only 258 yuan (£25). So the crippled and steaming hot Huawei HG612 must have cost BT Openreach considerably less, perhaps even less than a packet of 10 counterfeit fags.
For some photos of the DB120-B2+ see here...