Number of internet users in China 2008-2018

By the end of 2018, about 828.5 million people had access to internet in China, resulting a fast-growing mobile app market in the country.

The largest online community

In 2018, China accounted for more than one-fifth of the four billion internet users worldwide. However, compared to its total population, China’s internet penetration rate is lower than in other Asian countries. As of the end of 2018, internet penetration in China reached 60 percent. Penetration rates in both South Korea and Japan were extensively higher.

The market potentials

Internet usage in China is further characterized by a large regional discrepancy. In rural regions, the internet access rate is much lower than the national level. On the other side, the Chinese market became a mobile-first nation. Since 2014, more Chinese people have accessed the internet via mobile device than computers. The number of mobile internet users in China increased steadily over the previous decade.

Number of internet users in China from December 2008 to December 2018

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Release date

February 2019



Survey time period

2008 to 2018

Supplementary notes

End-of-year figures.

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