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China Internet population hits 420m

By Gao Qihui (chinadaily.com.cn)
Updated: 2010-07-15 17:27
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The number of Chinese Internet users hit 420 million, with 277 million accessing the Internet via cell phones, portal website sina.com.cn reported, citing a report published by China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC).

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As of June 2010, the population of China's Internet users climbed to 420 million, 36 million more than the end of 2009.

The penetration rate of Internet users rose to 31.8%, 2.9 percentage points higher than the end of 2009.

Broadband is the most popular way to access the Internet with a wired connection, with 98.1% of wired Internet users choosing broadband, a total of 363.81 million people.

Internet users who access the Internet via cell phones increased 43.34 million from the end of 2009 to 277 million.

The average time Chinese Internet users spend online continued to grow to 19.8 hours per week, and the ratio of over 30-year-old Internet users rose to 41% from 38.6% at the end of 2009.