Friday, July 25, 2008

China beats US in terms of Internet users

By China Watcher

It is official.

In June 2008, China has the world's largest number of Internet users, bypassing the United States, a report from a government-backed center.

China Internet Network Information Center said in its 22th Internet Development Report that there was an additional 43 million netizens for the first half of 2008, giving it a total of 253 million clearly exceeding the estimated US internet population of 220 million.

But the percentage of Chinese people online stands at 19.1 percent, which is still below the world's average 21.1 percent. For comparison purpose, the Internet penetration rate in Japan, South Korea and US is as high as 60 to 70 percent.

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