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China's Online Population Tops 420 Million
Source: Xinhuanet
Source Date: Thursday, July 15, 2010
Country: China
Created: Jul 19, 2010

China's online population has risen to 420 million by the end of June, boosted by rising cell phone connections, said a report issued by the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) Thursday.

The number was up 36 million from December last year, the report said.

The report said the proportion of Internet users to the total population in China had risen to 31.8 percent by the end of June, compared with 28.9 percent at the end of 2009.

Internet users who connect through cell phones had become the major force driving the rise in the country's on-line population, according to the report.

By the end of June, Internet users on cell phones hit 277 million and accounted for 65.9 percent of the total Internet users. The number of people connecting by cell phone rose by 43.34 million since the end of 2009, it said.

About 49.14 million Chinese went on-line solely through their cell phones, indicating huge potential for the mobile Internet industry, the report said.

Internet-based business was also growing rapidly, the report said. About 140 million people, or about 10 percent of China's population, had been shopping online.

About 128 million people used online payment systems and 122 million used online banking services, according to the CNNIC report.

The main problems that Chinese encountered were the security of their on-line activities and the lack of trust in on-line partners.

Almost 60 percent of Internet users experienced hacker attacks and Trojan viruses during the first six months this year, and more than 30 percent had passwords stolen, according to the report.

The report also found that 25 million more people were watching on-line video programs in the first half, bringing the total to 265 million, ending a year-long decline in online video audiences in 2009.
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