China's mobile phone users reach 1.11 bln
BEIJING, Jan 24, 2013 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
The number of Chinese mobile phone
users reached 1.11 billion as of the end of 2012, according to
official data unveiled Thursday.
The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) said
in a statement that mobile phone users represent 80 percent of all
phones users in the country.
The number of mobile phones owned by every 100 people reached
82.6 by the end of 2012, up by nine from a year earlier, according
to the statement.
Last year, the country recorded 125.9 million new mobile phone
users, among whom 104.38 million were 3G mobile phone users,
bringing the total number of 3G users to 232.8 million, the MIIT
The ministry said the number of Internet users rose by 51
million to 564 million people, among whom 74.5 percent, or 420
million people, surf the Internet with their mobile phones.
The Internet penetration rate reached 42.1 percent by the end
of last year, up 3.8 percentage points from a year earlier.
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