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Number of Chinese internet users on the up

July 27, 2015

According to a report on the Xinhua Net website, the number of internet users in China has increased dramatically in recent years and is due to go up even further as the technology becomes more widespread and accessible.

Figures from the China Internet Network Information Center have shown that at the end of June this year, there were 668 million internet users in the country; nearly 49% of the population. Compared to the beginning of the year, this is an increase of around 1%.

One demographic responsible for this rise in internet users are women in the country. Female Chinese citizens who use the internet are increasing, with 45 out of every 100 internet users now female.

The specific devices used to access the internet are also affecting its growth, as smartphones are now accountable for 89% of China's internet users' online access. Compared to the beginning of the year, this is an increase of 3%. This means smartphones granted internet access to around 594 million Chinese citizens by the end of June 2015. Online services such as 3G and 4G also witnessed an increase in use, with 85% opting for these faster access options.

China actually has the faster growing adoption rate for smartphones, reaching 62% in Q1 2015 compared to 55% in Europe.

Just over two-thirds (68.4%) of online Chinese citizens used a desktop to use the internet, and 42.5% used a laptop. Tablets were only used by 33.7% of the population for internet access.

In terms of the amount of time spent online, the average person used the internet for 25 hours 36 minutes every week. This is actually a decrease of around half an hour compared to six months ago.

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