CNNIC: China Internet Users Up 42% to 298M
China recorded 298 million Internet users, up from 290 million users by late November and 210 million users in the year-ago period, to reach a penetration rate of 22.6% in 2008, according to China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) statistics released Tuesday. Broadband and mobile Internet users came in at 270 million and 117.6 million, respectively, compared to 163 million and 50.4 million by December 2007. Rural netizens were up 60.8% year-on-year to 84.6 million. China had 162 million bloggers by the end of 2008.
Online shoppers were also up about 60% year-on-year to 74 million, with sellers at 11 million during the period. The travel industry saw 17 million online booking transactions in 2008. China's own .cn domain name recorded 50.8% year-on-year growth to reach 13.57 million registered addresses by year end.