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China's Internet users touch 87 mn

The number of Chinese people surfing the Internet has touched a record 87 mn by June 2004, witnessing about 28% rise.

By: PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
| Updated on: Aug 12 2004, 18:23 IST

The number of Chinese people surfing the Internet has touched a record 87 million by June this year, witnessing a near 28 per cent rise, latest survey results show.

By June 30, the total number of Internet users in China had reached 87.0 million, which increased by 27.9 per cent over a 12 month period, the '14th Statistical Survey Report on the Internet Development in China' said.

The report, published by China Internet Network Information Centre (CNNIC) said that by June 30 China had 627,000 Websites, a rise of 32.3 per cent over the previous year.

Experts say this is a demonstration of the country's vigorously moving Internet industry.

Viewing from regions, 84 per cent Websites still gathered in north, east and south China.

Domain names registered under 'CN' had reached 382,000, of which 79.1 per cent were from north, east and south China.

Beijing had the biggest number of domain names, (24.3 per cent of national total), about 240 times that of Qinghai (0.1 per cent), the province in northwest China which has the smallest number of domain names.

The huge regional gap in Internet development can never be ignored, CNNIC officials said, since the digital gap will further intensify the imbalance between west and east China, between urban and rural areas and between mental and physical workers, and may bring serious social problems.

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First Published Date: 11 Aug, 11:55 IST
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