China Had 564 Million Netizens By End Of 2012; Fewer Using Desktop Computers To Surf

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China Internet Network Information Center recently published its 31st Internet survey report, stating that by the end of December 2012, the number of Internet users in China had reached 564 million and the Internet penetration rate was 42.1%, which was 3.8 percentage points higher than 2011.

For the mobile sector, the number of Chinese mobile Internet users reached 420 million by the end of December 2012, marking a net increase of about 64.4 million year-over-year. Compared with 2011, mobile Internet users who used the online shopping service increased by 6.6%. Apart from Internet shopping, several other mobile Internet services also gained development. The ratio of mobile group buying users increased by 1.7%; that of mobile Internet payment users increased by 4.6%; and that of mobile banking service users increased by 4.7%.

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