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China to make Internet accessible to 45% of population in next 5 years: White Paper

06-08-2010 12:32 BJT

BEIJING, June 8 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese government will try to raise the Internet accessibility to 45 percent of the population in the coming five years, said a white paper issued by the Information Office of the State Council Tuesday.

According to the paper, titled "The Internet in China", the government will further promote Internet development and application, so that more people can benefit from the Internet.

By the end of 2009, the Internet had reached 28.9 percent of the total population, higher than the world average.

The number of Chinese netizens had reached 384 million, 618 times that of 1997 with an annual increase of 31.95 million users.

At the same time, there were 3.23 million websites running in China, 2,152 times that of 1997.

The number of IPv4 addresses approached 230 million, making China the second-largest owner in the world.

Of all the netizens, 346 million used broadband and 233 million used mobile phones to access the Internet, according to the paper.

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