On July 17th, China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) released “The 32nd China Internet Development Statistics Report” today which shows that as of the end of June 2013, the number of China’s netizens reached 591 million, an increase of 26.56 million compared to the end of 2012. Internet penetration has increased to 44.1%, 2.0 percentage points higher compared with the end of 2012.
As of the end of June 2013, China’s mobile phone internet users reached 464 million, representing an increase of 43.79 million compared to the end of 2012; mobile Internet penetration among the internet user group increased to 78.5%. As of the end of June 2013, China’s Internet users in rural areas accounted for 27.9% (165 million), a slight increase (9.08 million) compared to 2012.
As of the end of June 2013, the total number of domain names in China reached 14.7 million, among which “.CN” domain names reached 7.81 million, an increase of 4.0 percentage points compared to the end of 2012, accounting for 53.1% of the total number of domain names; the number of “.China” domain names totaled 270,000. Websites in China rose to 2.94 million.
As of the end of June 2013, China’s instant messaging users reached 497 million, a growth of 29.31 million compared to the end of 2012, the largest user growth in all applications; the utilization rate of instant messaging softwares was 84.2%, an increase by 1.3 percentage points compared with the end of 2012. The utilization rate of instant messaging continues to maintain the first, particularly with the faster development of the mobile terminals. Mobile instant messaging netizens reached 397 million, representing an increase of 45.2 million by the end of 2012. The overall usage rate of instant messaging hit 85.7% leading the telecommunication industry.
In the first half of 2013, 70.0 percent of new Internet users are using mobile phones to get access to Internet, mobile phones is the no.1 source of new Internet users. The mobile Internet penetration rate among internet users increased to 78.5%, while the proportion of desktop computers declined slightly. Mobile phones as the no.1 Internet terminal has been enhanced.
The report claimed that 69.5% of Internet users get access to internet through desktop computers, down 1.1 percentage points compared to that of the end of 2012; in contrast, 78.5% internet users get access to internet via mobile devices, an increase of 4.0 percentage points compared to the end of 2012. In June 2013, the proportion of Internet users using desktop computers continued to decline, and the proportion of mobile Internet users maintained rapid growth.