Web Users in China at 485 Million, Internet Growth Slowing Down

The total number of people online in China has grown to 485 million in the month of June, with 27 million being added in the past six months.

The figures, which were released by the China Internet Network Information Centre (CNNIC), indicate that even though the number of people online has increased, the growth of the internet population has slowed down.

PC World informs that the stats released in the report reveal that from January to June, China’s internet population rose by 6.1 percent which is a drop compared to the 9.6 percent rise for the same period last year.

The data showed that growth has slowed when compared to previous years but has doubled since the end of 2007. At the end of 2007, China had around 210 million internet users.

China has a low internet penetration, the report said, at 36.2 percent, far less than the 77.3 percent penetration rate in the United States. A low internet penetration rate means that China still has 815 million people who have not used the internet, most of them being old and from rural areas.

There are 318 million people who are accessing the Internet from their mobile phones in China, it has also revealed.