By the end of 2016, China had a mind-boggling 731 million internet users. That’s not far off the total population of Europe.
To reach that number, the country added another 42.99 million web users last year, according to a report from the China Internet Network Information Center. The bulk of that comes from those who access the internet through their mobile phones. 695 million netizens did so in 2016 and smartphone-based internet use accounted for 95.1% of all internet users, up from only 90% the previous year.
To capitalize on these mobile internet users, whole industries have sprung up in China. 208.6 million people in China use food delivery apps, while 469 million use mobile payment apps. You can also use mobile apps to catch a ride, become a dancing auntie or learn from Xi Jinping.
This vibrant marketplace of ideas, commerce and communication has left some a bit addicted.
And while China may be number one in internet users, it ranks just 91st in global internet speed and dead last in internet freedom.
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