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January 18, 2008

Internet in China

Filed under: social — Tags: , — Hailin @ 11:49 am

Some recent stats about Internet usage stats in China published by China Internet Network Information Center, or CNNIC):

  • Total number of Internet users increased to 210 million, 5 million behind that of U.S.
  • In early 2008, China will have the largest number of Internet users in the world.
  • 52 million of users live in rural areas, transforming how farmers and peasants access information.
  • 50.4 million users access Internet using mobile phones.
  • 20,000 .CN domains are registered everyday.
  • Entertainment has become the most important of China’s Internet applications.
  • 181 million people listen to music over the Internet.

No wonder why it would be shortsighted for any major Internet company not to have a China strategy.


  1. Very interesting statistics and comments. Surely Internet firms should focus on China. However, as far as I know, the cultural diversity of various Chinese regions, local competitive players (who know the people better than a foreigner), language barriers, lack or scarcity of contacts are some of the huge hurdles for any small or large firm focusing on China.
    That being said the numbers are truly staggering. To see that out of all the internet users, almost 25% are rural users makes me wonder if Chinese government, NGOs, commercial firms and entrepreneurs have any strategy in place to make low-cost, high quality ICT-based agri-knowledge available for the farmers?
    Based on the figures here, one may also deduce that 25% users access internet using mobile phone.
    I wonder how much of the rural population has mobile phone? Because if they have it, one may provide them internet as well as mobile-phone based services such as market rates etc.
    I happened to meet a few ICT firms in Stockholm which were from regions as diverse as Mexico and India. They are doing some really interested working targeting the rural population.
    Thanks for sharing the statistics here.

    Comment by Irfan Shah — July 1, 2008 @ 10:52 am

  2. I am not aware of the effort providing ICT-based agri-knowledge to farmers.
    Maybe one day I should start one, as I planted rice, crops, wheat when I was a kid…

    Comment by Hailin — July 1, 2008 @ 6:39 pm

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