Number of mobile internet users in China 2008-2020

This statistic shows the number of mobile internet users in China from 2008 to March 2020. In March 2020, almost 897 million people in China accessed the internet via a mobile device, up from around 817 million in the end of 2018.

A mobile-first country

Mobile internet refers to internet access via any mobile device that is connected to a wireless network. As of 2018, China had approximately 805 million registered internet users, accounting for one-fifth of the world’s total. The number of China’s mobile internet users grew nearly nine fold from 2007 to 2013. According to the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), the share of Chinese users accessing the internet via mobile phone had already surpassed users who accessed the internet via PC since 2014.

A mobile-first country

The rapid growth in smartphone and tablet user numbers has boosted mobile internet use in China. In 2018, half of the Chinese population possessed a smartphone. China’s mobile internet users can be characterized as young, predominantly with a lower-to-medium level income. Compared to their counterparts in Western countries, Chinese mobile internet users are more prone to conduct online shopping or online banking activities via mobile device, suggesting a huge potential of China’s mobile commerce market. As mobile phones have a profound influence on people’s daily lives in China, even more mobile commerce innovation is expected to emerge in the near future.

Number of mobile internet users in China from 2008 to March 2020

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Release date

April 2020



Survey time period

2008 to March 2020

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