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China's Internet users go mobile (2)


10:22, July 20, 2012

About 44.4 million people used mobile phones to make online payments at the end of June, up 14 million from the end of last year, the CNNIC report said.

The government will promote the development of mobile Internet applications, commercialization of cloud-computing services and establishment of third-party e-commerce platforms, said Gao Sumei, an official with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

China's e-commerce transaction value in 2015 is expected to reach 18 trillion yuan (2.85 trillion U.S. dollars), Gao forecasted.

China's online population exceeded that of the United States to top the world in 2008, with 24 out of every 100 Internet users being Chinese, Liu said.

The country's online population rose 10.9 percent year-on-year to hit 538 million by the end of June, meaning that four out of 10 Chinese are now Internet users, according to the CNNIC report.

In the first half of this year, the country's Internet users increased by 25 million.

There were 210 million online shoppers by June end, while 17.7 percent of China's Internet users were aged above 40 and 27.1 percent were rural dwellers, the CNNIC data showed.

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