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China Internet Users Hit 111 Million in 2005

Reuters News Wire (
Tue, 17 Jan 2006 21:23:47 -0600

The number of Web users in China, the world's second largest Internet
market, grew by 18 percent in 2005 to 111 million, the Economic Daily
reported on Wednesday.

Some 8.5 percent of the country's 1.3 billion people now had access to
the Internet, the newspaper reported, citing a survey released by the
China Internet Network Information Center.

State media previously predicted 120 Chinese million would be surfing
the Web by the end of 2005 as computers find their way into more homes
and domestic telecoms networks grow.

The 2005 gains represented an acceleration from 2004, when the number
of Internet users grew 16 percent to 94 million.

More than half of China's Web population -- or about 64 million people
-- accessed the Web via broadband connections, suggesting a 50 percent
increase versus 2004 as China strongly promotes the development of its
broadband networks.

The Internet's explosive growth in China has come despite the
government's stepped-up efforts to control of the medium, in which
occasional pockets of free speech have appeared in chat sites and

China is the world's No. 2 PC market, with nearly 16 million units
shipped in 2004 and the number expected to have grown another 13
percent last year, according to data tracking firm International Data

PC makers, such as industry leaders Lenovo Group Ltd., Founder Group
and Dell Inc., shipped 5.2 million units in the third quarter of 2005,
according to IDC.

The growth of the Internet has also spawned a growing number of local
online players, including Yahoo-invested e-commerce firm,
Web portal Sina Corp., online game firm Shanda Interactive
Entertainment and online search firm Inc..

Major mutlinationals attracted by the market's big growth potential
have also set up shop in China, including online auctioneer eBay Inc.,
online retailer Inc. and online search leader Google Inc.

Copyright 2006 Reuters Limited.

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