Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology announced yesterday that mobile Internet users was 820 million, 69.2% of the total mobile phone users, at the end of July (in Chinese).
3G subscribers reached 334 million, 30.5% of the total mobile Internet users and 28.2% of the total mobile phone users. 100.9 million new subscribers have been added this year.
Households with broadband access reached 183 million, with 31.6 million with fiber-optic connections. Fiber-optic access-equipped homes as a percentage of all broadband households increased to 17.3%, from 11.6% as of the end of 2012.
Earlier this month China’s State Council unveiled a “Broadband China” plan on the broadband coverage and Internet infrastructure, hoping to realize full broadband coverage by 2020.
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Tracey, CNNIC just announced the number of mobile netizens as 464 Million. Any idea where this 820 Million comes from? Is CMIIT more reliable than CNNIC?
To my understanding, CMIIT counts people who ever used mobile phones, including feature phones that can get connected with 2G/2.5G networks, to access Internet content.
CNNIC counts Internet netizens, with a total of 500+ million, who also get connected with mobile devices — it refers to them as mobile Internet netizens.
It is estimated that a considerable number of mobile phone users who do access the Internet — like factory workers in smaller cities — don’t visit the Web through PCs.
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