China, in just a few years, has made the leap from a nearly unwired country to one of the most wired on earth. This incredible transformation has resulted in one of the most internet-driven economies, and because of China’s sheer size, its e-finance and e-commerce companies are among the world’s largest. Users and economic activity […]
internet penetration rate
China internet users totaled 731 million as of Dec 2016, an addition of 42.99 million from Dec 2015. Internet penetration rate reached 53.2%, up 2.9 percentage points from 2015.
The number of mobile phone users reached 1.306 billion as of the end of December 2015 according to Ministry of Industry and Technology of China. The mobile phone user penetration rate reached 95.5 handsets among every 100 persons compared with 94.5 in 2014.
Internet penetration rate in China’s rural areas is only 19% compared with 76% in tier-1 and tier-2cities, and 47% in tier-3 and tier-4 cities. However, over 60% of China’s rural digital consumers are e-commerce users who are just as active online as their urban counterparts according to a recent McKinsey research.
Internet is now the important method for Chinese people to social and for information to spread. According to the report released by Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, over 90% China urban households own more than one network device in 2014.
China is the biggest internet market in the world by penetration rate, estimated by eMarketer. In 2018, China internet’s penetration will exceed 90%.