China Tops 564 Million Internet Users

By Khurram Aziz email: | Jan 15, 2013 12:14 PM EST

Share This Story

  • Print
  • Email

China's Internet population reached 564 million at the end of December, an increase of 50.9 million over the past 12 months, according to a non-profit research group in the country.

China Internet Network Information Centre said the surge was largelly due to users accessing the Web on smartphones, which, alongside tablets, rose 18.1% last year to 420 million.

Follow us

The news was first reported by TechWeb which said that the number of people in China accessing the internet on desktop PCs dropped three percent over 2012, to 70.6%.

The shortfall was more than made up by users coming online through their mobile devices, which increased from 69.3% in 2011 to 74.5%.

This increase in Internet users has led to the growth of online shopping, which increased by 24.8% to reach 242 million over 2012, as well as micro-blogging, with the number of bloggers rising 58.73 million to 309 million, the report said. 

This growth has come in the face of tightening government control over the internet. In December it was reported that Communist Party leaders were strengthening the "Great Firewall of China" which prevents its citizens from accessing some international Web sites.

In particular, new measures were put in place which detect and disrupt Virtual Private Networks - or an encrypted network between a computer inside China and one outside it. This makes it even more difficult for Chinese Internet users to circumvent the Great Firewall and get access to sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Google and several newspapers which are blocked in China.

Get the Most Popular Mobile&Apps Stories in a Weekly Newsletter

© 2013 Mobile & Apps All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

Featured Video : Ericsson Announces World-Leading Launches Ahead of Mobile World Congress 2014

Join Our Conversation

LG G3 leaked UI screenshotsLG G3 UI screenshots leak, confirm QHD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels
Apple releases latest iOS 7.1.1 update - Here’s what it brings
HTC One M8 Mini reportedly headed to Verizon – Will it be another exclusive?
LG G Watch officially detailed, coming in Champagne Gold and Stealth Black color options
Tablet / Laptop / PC
Dell Venue 7 and Venue 8Dell unveils Venue 7 and Venue 8 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean tablets
Retina iPad Mini facing delays, may not launch until early next year
Refurbished 128GB iPad with Retina Display now available on the Apple Online Store
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition: Pricing and availability now official
Amazon LogoAmazon reportedly to launch ‘Firetube’ set-top box before 2013 holidays
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear India launch: Pricing and availability
Samsung Galaxy Gear Android smartwatch now up for pre-order in Canada
Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 reportedly in the works already, may debut at CES or MWC 2014
OS / Software
HTC LogoHTC reportedly considering Android/Windows Phone dual-booting smartphone as Microsoft pushes for deeper Windows mobile integration
iOS 7 Chrome Incognito mode leaks private searches due to bug
Sprint HTC One Android 4.3 Jelly Bean already rolling out, AT&T, T-Mobile & Verizon to follow
Microsoft Windows 8.1 now available for pre-order
Internet / Social Media
Google DowntimeGoogle blacks out for two minutes, causes 40 percent drop in world’s Internet traffic
Xbox Music web player is live and ready for Xbox Music Pass subscribers
Facebook Android app collected phone numbers even if users never logged in
Firefox 22 brings support for web video calls, 3D gaming, and Unreal Engine 3
What's App
Chrome Remote Desktop app for AndroidChrome Remote Desktop for Android now available for free from Google Play
Adobe Lightroom mobile hits the iPad, coming soon to iPhones
Apple updates Mac iWork for iCloud suite – What’s new in Pages, Numbers and Keynote?
Microsoft launches Office for iPad, makes Office Mobile free on Android and iPhones
Copyright © 2014 Mobile & Apps All rights reserved. mobilenapps