Saturday, January 19, 2008

China had over 210 million “Internet users” by the end of 2007

China had over 210 million “Internet users” by the end of 2007, the Chinese government announced this morning. At their current rate of growth, Chinese Web surfers will soon become the largest national online population in the world. Chinese officials estimated that their population is only 5 million away from the U.S. online community, currently the world’s largest.

Suffice to say, consumer tech growth in China is stunning. China added over 73 million Internet users last year alone, including 127% growth in rural areas. Despite all this stunning expansion, less than 20% of the country’s 1.3 billion people are Internet users… talk about potential growth… yikes. China already has the world’s largest population of cell phone users, about 540 million.

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