Here are the key points and a quick thought:
- According to China's Ministry of Information Industry (MII), China's Internet user base is expected to grow 28% in 2005 to 120 million.
- This compares to 16% growth in 2004.
Telecom statistics (as of the end of January 2005):
- 316 million fixed-line users (an increase of 3.2 million from the end of December 2004).
- 340 million mobile users (an increase of 5 million from the end of December 2004).
Quick thought: 28% Internet user growth in 2005 is surely reassuring to Chinese Internet businesses. This prediction comes amid concerns that Chinese Internet user growth is slowing (See New China Internet users lowest since 2001).