Chinese Internet users reach 111m

19 Jan 2006

(Xinhua via NewsEdge) The number of Chinese Internet users rose to 111 million at the end of 2005, an increase of 17 million from a year ago, according to statistics from the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC).

This means 8.5% of Chinese people use the Internet for at least one hour each week. The ratio, however, remains behind the global level of 15.2%.

Data from the CNNIC also reveal that 64.3 million Chinese Internet users have broadband access to the Internet, up 50.2% from a year ago.

However, there exists a wide gap between Internet use in cities and rural areas, the statistics show.

There are 19.31 million Internet users in the rural areas, making up only 2.6% of the rural population. There are around 91.69 million Internet users in cities, making up 16.9% of the urban population, according to the CNNIC.

© 2006 Xinhua News Agency

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