Number of internet users in China 2008-2020

As of the first quarter of 2020, about 904 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. 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 March 2020

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Source

Release date

April 2020

Region

China

Survey time period

December 2008 to March 2020

Supplementary notes

End-of-year figures.

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