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CNNIC: China embraces mobile internet era

07-21-2012 09:40 BJT

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The latest data from the Internet Network Information Center shows that China now has more than 538 million Internet users, of which 388 million are mobile Internet users.

This is the first time that the number of mobile internet users has surpassed desktop users, signifying that China is turning more and more to the smartphone to get online.

Around 40 percent of the country goes online---that’s according to the latest data from the CNNIC. A biannual statistical report says that by the end of June, 2012, the number of websites had risen to 2.5 million. Meanwhile, the number of mobile internet users reached 388 million, accounting for 72.2% of total web users.

Liu Bing, deputy director of CNNIC, said, "The biggest trend for mobile internet is mobile video, mobile searches, communication and e-commerce."

Reporter: "One of the key points of the report is that for the first time, the number of mobile internet users exceeds that of desktop users. With more affordable and accessible mobile devices, smart phones are now the top choice for on line surfers. "

Beijing resident said, "I often use my phone to get online. It’s convenient to check your weibo, email, video and almost everything."

The report also finds that on line video users are growing rapidly. Over 100 million people watch videos on their mobile phones, accounting for 27.7% of total mobile internet users. Meanwhile, more than 210 million people made purchases through e-commerce sites. But at the same time, group buying fever has subsided, with the number of group buyers declining by 3 million over the past half year.


Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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