China: Internet Users Exceed 500 Million. More Growth Expected.
According to China’s chief of the Information Office of the State Council, Wang Chen — China’s Internet users has exceeded 500 million, an Internet penetration rate close to 40 percent. At 500 million users, China’s internet population alone has exceeded the entire population of the United States of just over 300 million.
Wang said rural Internet users total 130 million, accounting for 27 percent of all users in China. He added that “China’s Internet industry has been expanding in scale and has become an important emerging strategic industry.”
China remains the largest Internet market in the world with this number, followed by U.S. with 245 million and a penetration rate of 78.2 percent, and India, with 100 million account for 8.4 per percent of its population.
Based on the numbers, more staggering growth of the China and India market is to be expected. In China, if 40 percent is the current internet penetration in China, then an 80 percent penetration rate would mean at least another 500 million more people to connect, reach and interact with.
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Chart courtesy of China Internet Information Center
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