|In Brief: China sees slower increase in new Internet users|
|Posted by: Infoworld on Jan 20th, 2005 4:33 AM|
|News from Infoworld|
Fewer new Internet users got online in China during 2004 than during the previous two years, even as the number of people accessing broadband connections continued to soar, according to survey results released by the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC). At present there are 94 million Internet users in China, according to the report. That represents an increase of 18.2 percent, or 14.5 million new Internet users, since January 2004. That number represents the lowest number of new Chinese Internet users reported by CNNIC since January 2002. It reported annual increases of 20.4 million new Internet users in January 2004 and 22.6 million new users in January 2003, compared to an annual increase of 11.2 million new Internet users reported in January 2002. All four categories showed increases during 2004, but the rate of growth for broadband users far exceeded all of the other categories. The number of broadband users increased 146 percent from 17.4 million users in January 2004 to 42.8 million users. The category with the second-fastest growth rate was ISDN users, which increased 16.3 percent from 5.5 million users to 6.4 million users.