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China's 3G users hit 9.77 mln by October  -- The number of Chinese users of the third-generation (3G) mobile technology, or 3G, had hit 9.77 million by the end of October, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) said on Tuesday.

China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom, the country's top three communication service providers, have invested over 102 billion yuan (14.9 billion U.S. dollars) in 3G network construction this year, but this still falls short of its target investment of 143.5 billion yuan, according to MIIT figures.

Among the 9.77 million registered 3G users, China Mobile, the country's biggest wireless service provider, alone had 3.94 million. (December 15, 2009 Xinhua)

China tightens control on domain name registration -- Applications for registering domain names will face strict rules as the country intensifies its effort to fight against pornographic websites, the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) has announced Friday.

Applicants for domain name registration will be required to hand in written application forms, with a business license and the applicant's ID.

Liu Zhijiang, vice director of CNNIC confirmed the news saying that the administration was determined to screen the applicant’s qualifications strictly to stop individuals obtaining domain names using fake information.

As mobile pornographic websites becomes rampant on the mainland, the announcement is part of a recent campaign to crack down the illegal application of domains. "The applications in written form other than online application can make our work done more accurate," said Liu. (December 14, 2009 China Daily)

China's online payment market surges 181% in 2008 - China Daily

China: We'll keep Red Flag flying here - China's forcing internet cafes to upgrade from pirated software - but is it using the opportunity to spy on its citizens?

China's broadband users top 99.33 mln: China added 16.45 million broadband users in the first nine months, bringing the total to 99.33 million, data released by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) on Tuesday showed.

 China had 360 million Internet users by the end of September, said Zhu Jun, deputy director of the telecom development department under the MIIT. The figure was compared with 338 million by the end of June.

 Broadband was available in 96 percent of townships, and 91 percent of administrative villages had access to Internet by the end of September.

 China is also pushing forward construction of 3G network. In the first nine months, the top three telecommunication operators injected 96.1 billion yuan (14.07 billion U.S. dollars) in building 3G network. (XinhuaOct. 27, 09)

E-commerce soars in China: study

SHANGHAI (AFP) — Commerce on the Internet in China is expanding rapidly, with spending rising 60 percent in the first half of the year, an industry body said Wednesday.

China's Internet users spent 256.1 billion yuan (37.5 billion dollars) in the first six months of the year, up 58.2 percent from the same period in 2007, research institute Data Centre of China Internet said in a report.

Spending online for all of 2008 is expected to hit 587.4 billion yuan, up 47.3 percent from the previous year, the Beijing-based agency said.

"The growth is mainly attributed to fast expansion of China's Internet population and an increase in average online consumption," it said.

During the first six months of the year, Chinese netizens spent an average of 211.8 yuan each month through the Internet, up 13.9 percent from a year earlier, the report said.

China's online population became the largest in the world after it reached 221 million in February, outnumbering United States Internet users, according to reports in the Chinese press.

The research institution said China's Internet population will reach 263 million by the end of 2008, representing a 25 percent increase from the 210 million in 2007. (AFP report, July 16)

Total online advertising in China is expected to reach 12.2 billion yuan ($1.76 billion) in 2008, growing 58.5 percent from last year, according to the Data Center of the China Internet.

China's Internet consumption expected to rise 45.8% in 2008
BEIJING, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) -- China's Internet consumption hit 398.8 billion yuan (53.89 billion U.S. dollars) last year and is expected to reach 581.5 billion yuan in 2008, up 45.8 percent, according to a survey released on Tuesday.

The "Netguide 2008" survey, which provides a wrap-up of China's2007 cyber world, polled more than 300 web sites and about 200 enterprises, with 50,786 interviewees around the country.

The Internet consumption includes all web-related expenses such as broadband installment expenses, payment for online game and shopping, and payment for IP phone services. according to Fu Zhihua, director of the Data Center of the China Internet (DCCI) research department that conducted the survey.

The DCCI survey also reports that Sina Corp., Netease.com Inc., Tencent and Sohu.com Inc., China's four largest Internet portals, have gained most from the robust Internet industry, accounting for about 76 percent of total web portal revenue in China.

The market scale of financial web sites, fueled by bullish trends in China's stock market, reached 920 million yuan, and online search engines saw 82.8 percent growth to 2.87 billion yuan in 2007, said the survey.

The Netguide 2008 shows that among Internet users, browsing daily news takes up 38.8 percent of their time, followed by dealing with e-mail, 11 percent, and writing and reading blogs, 9.2 percent.
 

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China IT Facts and Figures:
  • China's cell phone users top 670 mln after 3G services start - China registered 670 million cell phone users by the end of March, with the boost of the third-generation (3G) networks, an official with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) said Monday.  Before 3G services were started, China had 600 million cell phone users at the end of last July, according to MIIT data. Users grew monthly by 7.42 million. After 3G started on Jan. 7, 10 million people became registered cell phone users in February and March, said Xi Guohua, minister of MIIT.  3G allows mobile phone users to download data faster, make video calls and watch TV shows.  With another 335 million fixed-line users in calculation, China's telephone users exceeded one billion, Xi added.  Despite those numbers, the telecom industry saw net profits sink 18.7 percent to 37.65 billion yuan (5.54 billion U.S. dollars) in the first three months of this year. Business revenue rose 1.86 percent year on year to 202.42 billion yuan and telecom fees fell 6.76 percent in March from a year ago, Xi said. BEIJING, May 18, 2009 (Xinhua)
  • China's population of Web users hits 298 million: China's fast-growing population of Internet users has risen to 298 million after passing the United States last year to become the world's largest, a government-sanctioned research group said Tuesday. The latest figure is a 41.9 percent increase over the same period last year, the China Internet Network Information Center said in a report. China's Internet penetration is still low at just 22.6 percent, leaving more room for rapid growth, according to CNNIC. The Pew Internet and American Life Project places U.S. online penetration at 71 percent. China's Internet use is growing at explosive rates despite government efforts to block access to material deemed subversive or pornographic. Regulators are in the middle of a crackdown on sites accused of carrying sexually explicit material. The financial size of China's online market still trails that of the United States, South Korea and other countries. The United States had an estimated 223.1 million Internet users in June, according to Nielsen Online, a research firm. China is preparing to launch third-generation mobile phone service — which supports wireless Web surfing — that is expected to set off a new surge in Internet use. (Jan. 13, 2009)

  • China Internet Network Information Center (in Chinese): http://www.cnnic.org.cn
  • China-based blogs total 107 million, with more than 42 percent of netizens running a blog, a senior information official said here on Friday. Cai Mingzhao, deputy director of the State Council Information Office, made the comment at the 2nd U.S.-China Internet Industry Forum. The number of blogs was about 40 million just a year ago.
  • China said the number of Internet users in the country reached about 253 million last month, helping China overtake the United States as the world's biggest Internet market.
 
More news and information about China IT industry  
  • China ranks second in number of broadband users worldwide
    People's Daily,June 7, 2007 - Zhao Houlin, Vice Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), said on June 5th that China now has 97 million broadband users. This number of broadband users ranks the second only to the US. The development of the broadband communication industry has gained worldwide attention. At the opening ceremony of Broadband World Forum Asia 2007 held by the China Network Communications Group Corporation, Zhao Houlin said that by the end of 2005, 74 percent of global broadband users were from developed countries, and China made up 17.5 percent. China's rate of broadband popularization is the fastest among developing countries. Zhao Houlin said the ITU expects that "China's successful experience can be used as reference and be applied in other countries, thereby helping to narrow the gap between broadband users the world." At present, China's broadband users has exceeded 50 million; of which China Telecom's broadband access users has exceeded 30 million, and China Netcom's broadband access users has exceeded 20 million.
  • China has 162 mln Internet users
    July 19, 2007 - The number of Internet users in China hit an estimated 162 million by the end of June, with nearly 100 people a minute going online for the first time, the China Internet Network Information Centre (CNNIC) announced on Wednesday.
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  • China has nearly 20 million Internet bloggers
    Dec. 7, 2006.  - China had 19.87 million Internet bloggers at the beginning of November -- a 24 percent increase over the past 12 months. While more than 15 percent update their blogs at least once a week, only 4.6 percent do it daily, Baidu found. Blogs devoted to medicine and education are particularly popular, the Xinhua news agency said Wednesday, quoting a study by search engine Baidu. (Click for full report.)
     
  • China's online sales to top 51 bln yuan in 2007
    Xinhua, Mar. 21, 2007 - BEIJING, March 21 (Xinhua) -- China's online sales are estimated to hit 51 billion yuan (6.38 billion U.S. dollars) in 2007, up 63 percent on the previous year, according to a report by iResearch, an Internet research company. The report shows the registered number of online shoppers was 43.1 million in 2006 and the number is expected to surge to 55 million this year. (Click for full report.)

     
  • China to consider the standardization of electronic files
    Xinhua, Nov. 26, 2006 - The Chinese government is to set up a committee to consider the standardization of electronic files so they can adapt to different software, according to the Ministry of Information Industry (MII). Electronic files created by different software are not inter-adaptable, which hampers the communication and sharing of information. "With the fast development of information technologies, electronic file information, including design blueprints, geographical information, electronic documents and archives information, has become increasingly important," said an official with the MII. However, the lack of a standard system hindered the circulation of information, with many electronic files confined to more than 10,000 formats. Occasionally different versions of the same product were incompatible with each other. In most cases the ruptured information flow was monopolized by very few big companies. He said the research and development of electronic file technologies and standardized systems had made it possible to advance the communication and sharing of electronic file information.

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