Last updated at: (Beijing Time) Wednesday, January 16, 2002
Internet Surfers in China Hit 33.7 Million
At the end of last year, the number of Internet users in China reached 33.7 million, up 49.8 percent over the year before, says a report on China's Internet industry issued Tuesday. The report, released by the CNNIC, says China has 12.54 million computers linked to the Internet, an increase of 40.6 percent over the same period in 2000, while China's Internet's bandwidth has increased from 2,799 M in 2000 to the current 7,679.5M.
According to the report, China has 277,100 "www" websites, of which, 20.6 percent are Beijing-based with those based in Qinghai and Ningxia in West China accounting for only 0.2 percent.
In addition, Beijing also ranks highest in terms of the number of domain names with 33.8 percent of domain names being registered by entities or individuals in Beijing.
Female users continue to increase
The report shows that the proportion of female surfers continues to increase and now makes up 40 percent, and the number of surfers with low education is up, which indicates that the Internet is now coming closer to everyone.
Surfing time and purpose
The report also offers some interesting figures about the behavior of Chinese Internet surfers. Chinese surfers spend 8.3 hours on the Internet every week on average, the period from 8 pm to 11 pm being their prime surfing time and the major purpose of their surfing is to obtain information or to have fun.
Since 1997, CNNIC has conducted surveys on China's Internet development and released reports twice a year.
CNNIC was founded on Jun. 3rd 1997. It is a nonprofit-making organization of administration and service, performing duties of National Internet Network Information Center.
The run and management work of CNNIC is done by Computers Network Information Center of Chinese Academy of Science.
In scope of business, CNNIC is under the leading of Ministry of Information Industry, and administratively it is under the leading of Chinese Academy of Science. CNNIC Work Committee supervises and evaluates the construction, run and administration of CNNIC.
Thanks to reduced Internet surfing charges and expanded bandwidth, the number of China's net users grew by 1.06 million last year.
During the telecom fee adjustment last year, the 4 yuan/hour Internet access rate for dial-up users has been left decided by different ISPs (Internet Service Providers), and the telephone fee has cut from half of 0.08-0.11 yuan/three minutes to 0.02 yuan/minute. Full story
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