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Penetration rate of internet users in China 2008-2020

The graph shows the internet penetration rate in China from December 2008 to December 2020. As of December 2020, about 70.4 percent of the Chinese population had used the internet. The penetration rate denotes the share of the population that has access to a certain communication medium.

Internet coverage in China

For comparison, the worldwide average internet penetration rate had resided at about 59 percent as of January 2020. The internet penetration in China had also been above the average rate in the Asia-Pacific countries. However, neighbor countries such as Japan and South Korea had displayed substantially higher internet penetration rates than China. It is worth noting that the internet usage in the country had faced a large regional disparity. Some of the remote western regions had shown penetration rates of below 45 percent.

Chinese online population

Over the past decade, the number of Chinese internet users has grown at a remarkable pace. As of the first quarter of 2020, the total volume of internet users in the world's most populous country had amounted to approximately 904 million, up frpm 829 million in the end of 2018. Apart from extended access to broadband internet connections, mobile internet took up a large share in internet user growth. The share of users accessing the internet via mobile device had significantly exceeded that of those via desktop in the country. About 98.6 percent of Chinese internet users accessed the web via mobile phone.

Penetration rate of internet users in China from December 2008 to December 2020

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February 2021



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December 2008 to December 2020

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