China's mobile Internet users grew 120 mln in 2009

14:56, January 15, 2010      

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China's mobile Internet users increased 120 million in 2009, said a report released by China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), the state network information center of China, on Friday morning.

Spurred by booming 3G mobile services, China has had 233 million of mobile Internet users by the end of December 2009, accounting for 60.8 percent of China's Internet population. More people use cell phones and laptops to surf on the Internet. Meanwhile, surging e-business applications has brought China's Internet industry more money.

After years of booming, the increase rate of China's Internet population has slowed down in 2009. By December 30, 2009, China's Internet users totaled 384 million, up 28.9 percent year on year.

The structure of China's Internet users is improving, despite slower growth rate. The report showed that 346 million of Internet population are broadband subscribers, increasing 76 million compared with the previous year. Internet population in the rural area grew 26.3 percent to 106.81 million, accounting for 27.8 percent of China's Internet users.

After China's telecoms sector got 3G licenses in early 2009, mobile web users increased by 120 million. 30.7 million of them said that they only cell phone is their only choice to access to the Internet.

"Mobile Internet service will be a new growth point," said an analyst with the CNNIC.

Internet music services, online news and search engines China's Internet users top three choices when they access to the web. In 2009, e-business applications recorded a notable growth. Users of e-business applications increased by 68 percent annually, said the report. Online payment users grew by 80.9 percent in 2009, while users of travel service booking, online stock trading, online banking and online shopping increased by 77.9 percent, 67.0 percent, 62.3 percent and 45.9 percent respectively.

In 2009, China's online shopping business witnessed an overall turnover of 250 billion yuan (36.62 billion U.S. dollars). A survey conducted by the CNNIC showed that China's online shopping will encounter faster development in 2010.

By People's Daily Online
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