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China on target to reach 250 million internet users in 2010

CxOs, take note. According to the Associated Press, the number of Internet users in China has risen to a head-turning 123 million over the past year alone, which is nearly 20 percent more than in 2005.

At this rate, 20% (around 250 million people) of the Chinese population will be connected to the internet by 2010 and will surpass the US as the most populous Internet country.

In addition, the number of Chinese websites has risen to an impressive 788,400 despite the iron grip of the communist regime on free speech.

The AP report also mentions that while pornography is prohibited, broadband is enjoying a very rapid growth with more than 77 millions connections with the remaining third of the internet population on Dial up.

The average time spent on the internet has also risen with the average Chinese Internet user spending more than two hours per day on the internet.

You can read more on the Chinese Internet at the China Internet Network Information Centre.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.