China has 618M Internet users, 80 percent on mobile

China has 618M Internet users, 80 percent on mobile

Summary: China is now home to over 618 million Internet users, up 9.5 percent over 2012, with almost 250 million accessing the Web to watch or download video content via their smartphones.

TOPICS: Broadband, China

China is now home to over 618 million Internet users, 80 percent of which access the Web via their smartphones.

According to the latest stats from state-run China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), the increasing popularity of mobile devices drove the number of mobile Web users in the country to 500 million, as of end-December 2013. Some 80 million mobile Web users were added last year. 

Overall number of Web users climbed 9.5 percent over 2012 to 618 million in 2013, with almost 250 million accessing the Internet to watch or download video content via their smartphones, up 83.8 percent from the year before. Over 55 percent of Chinese netizens were under 30 years old.

The rapid growth in smartphone owners fueled the increasing consumption of video, music, and instant messaging apps over the past year, said Liu Bing, deputy director at CNNIC, in a report by China Daily, who said the deployment of LTE or 4G networks in the country will continue to drive data volume over the next few years. 

According to the center, almost 28 million online users no longer microblogged over the past year, marking the first-ever dip in numbers for this segment. The findings indicated growing demand for mobile instant messaging apps such as WeChat were taking its toll on microblogs, or Weibos. "People who were active on both platforms started abandoning their Weibo accounts in 2013," Liu said.

China had some 280 million Weibo users last year, according to CNNIC, which noted that the country's top Weibo apps lost nearly 6 million users in 2013.

The Chinese online community may be losing interest in microblogs, but it is spending more money shopping on the Internet. 

In an earlier report this week, China's biggest e-payment vendor Alipay revealed that the average per capita online transactions--which include shopping, money transfers, and bill payments--clocked at over 10,000 yuan (US$1,642) last year.  

Topics: Broadband, China


Eileen Yu began covering the IT industry when Asynchronous Transfer Mode was still hip and e-commerce was the new buzzword. Currently a freelance blogger and content specialist based in Singapore, she has over 16 years of industry experience with various publications including ZDNet, IDG, and Singapore Press Holdings.

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  • Great article, thank you, Ms. Yu!

    I wish we had more ongoing news of this type. We in the West forget that these devices are much more important in Asia, and are much more important to economic wellbeing and growth. This is why I think Linux will end up being on every desktop. MS should have foreseen the importance of this kind of expansion, and instead of making life harder, it could have kept the interface the same, the user experience the same, and improved the innards. But now Linux will be doing that, and Asia will be the economic engine making it commercially viable.
    • If you continue keeping your "brain out", you'll continue making dumb


      The report above was about Chinese users on the internet using mobile. That has nothing to do with Linux, unless you're thinking that Android is Linux. Linux on PCs will never get too far from the traditional 1% market-share.