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China market: Internet user base grew to 384 million at end of 2009, says CNNIC

Source :CNNIC          update : 2010-01-20

The number of Internet surfers in China increased to an estimated 384 million as of the end of 2009, according to the latest semiannual survey conducted by the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC).

The number of Internet surfers rose 13.6% from six months earlier, and was equivalent to a user density of 28.9%, which was higher than the global average of 25.6%, CNNIC indicated in its report published January 15. Of the Internet surfers, 346 million or 90.1% used broadband fixed-line access modes and 233.4 million or 60.8% used handsets for mobile access. The average time of using the Internet a week per surfer was 18.7 hours.

There were 232.446 million IP (Internet Protocol) addresses, 16.818 million domain names and 3.232 million websites in China at the end of 2009. At the same time, China had total bandwidth of 866.367Gbps for international Internet connection, with China Telecom (with bandwidth of 516.650Gbps) being the largest ISP, followed by China United Telecommunications (298.834Gbps), China Mobile Communications (30.559Gbps), CSTNet (10.322Gbps) and CERNET (10.000Gbps).

CNNIC: China Internet users by age and gender, end of 2009

Category

Group

Percentage

Sex

Male

54.2%

Female

45.8%

Age group

< 10

1.1%

10-19

31.8%

20-29

28.6%

30-39

21.5%

40-49

10.7%

?ٵ0

6.3%

Source: CNNIC, compiled by Digitimes, January 2010

CNNIC: China Internet market breakdown by device and venue, 2H09

By main type of devices*

By main type of places*

Desktop PC

73.4%

Home

83.2%

Handset

60.8%

Internet cafe

35.1%

Notebook PC

30.7%

Working place or school

30.2%

* A user may have more than one choice
Source: CNNIC, compiled by Digitimes, January 2010

CNNIC: China Internet market by service item, 2H09

Service item

Proportion of frequent users

Online music

83.5%

News browsing

80.1%

Search engine

73.3%

Instant message

70.9%

Online game

68.9%

Online video

62.6%

Blog

57.7%

e-mail

56.8%

Source: CNNIC, compiled by Digitimes, January 2010

CNNIC: China Internet market by domain names, end of 2009

First-level domain name

Proportion of all domain names

.cn

80.0%

.com

16.6%

.net

2.6%

.org

0.8%

Source: CNNIC, compiled by Digitimes, January 2010