China online population explodes
17 July 2013, 17:02
Beijing – China's population of internet users has risen to 591 million, driven by a 20% rise over the past year in the number of people who surf the web from smartphones and other wireless devices.
The figures reported on Wednesday by an industry group, the China Internet Network Information Centre, represented a 10% rise in total internet use.
The number of wireless users rose to 464 million.
China's communist government encourages internet use for business and education but tries to block access to material considered subversive or obscene.
Internet companies are scrambling to expand wireless service. This week, the operator of China's most popular search engine, Baidu, announced it will pay $1.9bn to acquire a distributor of smartphone apps, 91 Wireless Websoft.
- Sapa - AP