China Has 485 Million Internet Users
22. July 2011
If there is one place in the world that is using the internet extensively it would definitely be China.
Internet data revealed that China has the most number of internet users in the world today, as there are 485 million internet users in the top Asian nation. According to the data from the China Internet Network Information Centre there is an increase of 27.7 million web users since December almost equivalent to the entire population of Malaysia.
It means that more than a third of China’s 1.3 billion population is online. On the same survey, it was learned that the number of people surfing the web on mobile phones reached 318 million, up by 14.94 million from six months ago.
The survey also shown that the Internet has also become an increasingly popular marketplace. The number of users shopping online rose 7.6 percent from the end of last year to 172.66 million. The growing strength and influence of the web population has fuelled concern in Beijing about the Internet’s potential as a tool for generating social unrest, and authorities have stepped up surveillance in recent years.
The government blocks web content that it deems politically sensitive in a vast system dubbed the “Great Firewall of China”. The first connection of the mainland of the People’s Republic of China with the Internet was established on September 20, 1987 between ICA Beijing and Karlsruhe University in Germany, under the leadership of Prof. Werner Zorn and Prof.Wang Yunfeng.
Since then the Internet in China has grown to host the largest base of net users in the world.The first email attempt was successfully sent out on September 14, 1987 with the contents “Across the Great Wall, we can reach every corner in the world”. In the past decade, the Internet has emerged as a new cultural phenomenon in mainland China, much like in the West.