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Number of netizens reaches 500 million in China

By Zhang Yixuan (People's Daily Overseas Edition)

14:04, January 13, 2012

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

In November 2011, the number of netizens in China reached a little more than 500 million, said Gao Xinmin, the vice chairman of the Internet Society of China on China Internet Industry Annual Conference 2011 held in Beijing on Jan. 11, 2012.

He said that according to statistics by the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), China's Internet penetration rate reached 37.7 percent, up 3.4 percentage points compared to that of the end of 2010; the number of the Chinese households connecting with the Internet reached a little more than 155 million, up 18.6 percent compared to that of 2010.

The number of Chinese mobile phone netizens was 340 million, accounting for about 65.5 percent of the total Chinese netizen population, Gao added.

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