Over one-third of Chinese people use Internet

08:26, January 20, 2011      

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The number of people using the Internet in China rose to 457 million at the end of 2010, up 73.3 million from a year earlier, the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) announced Wednesday.

This meant over one-third, or 34.3 percent, of China's population was using the Internet at the end of last year.

And about 66.2 percent of Internet users, or 303 million, used mobile phones to surf the net, an increase of 5.4 percentage points from the previous year.

But the number of people getting online via laptops increased at a faster pace than that of those surfing the net using mobile phones or desktops. About 45.7 percent of netizens used laptops to surf the net, a year-on-year increase of 15 percentage points.

The number of people shopping online climbed the most compared to other online services, up 48.6 percent year on year.

Source: Xinhua
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