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China has 162 mln Internet users
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08:48, July 19, 2007

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The number of Internet users in China hit an estimated 162 million by the end of June, with nearly 100 people a minute going online for the first time, the China Internet Network Information Centre (CNNIC) announced on Wednesday.

An estimated 122 million Chinese have broadband access to the Internet, according to the 20th statistical report on China's Internet development issued by the CNNIC on Wednesday.

One in every four Chinese Internet users, or 44.3 million, accesses the Internet by phone, largely due to lower mobile charges and about one third of users access the Internet primarily by wireless devices.

With Internet penetration rate reaching 12.3 percent, China had around 9.18 million domain names, including 6.15 million ending with "cn".

The number of Internet portals stood at 1.31 million, of which the number of "cn" names grew at 137.5 percent annually to 810,000, exceeding the number of ".com" names for the first time.

About 67.1 million computers in China are connected to the Internet, up by 7.7 million in the first six months.

The CNNIC, the country's Internet statistics collector, defines an "Internet user" for the purposes of the report as someone over the age of six who uses the Internet on average at least one hour per week.

Since 1997, the CNNIC has been updating figures on the country's Internet development through automatic Internet searches, surveys by on-line affiliate networks and telephone sampling.

Source: Xinhua

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