Though the Internet started comparatively
late in China, the Internet technology grows at a surprisingly fast speed. On
July 22, 2002, China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) released its
Survey Report on China's Internet Development.
According to the report, by June 30, 2002,
the number of Internet users in China had reached 45.8 million, increasing by
12.1 million in the past six months. The figure is 73 times that the result in
the first survey carried out in October 10, 1997. Consequently, the number of
Internet users in China ranked No. 3 after the United States and Japan. What's
more, as the users increase, the websites keep growing fast and the total number
of websites has reached 0.3 million.
According to some analysts, the sudden
increase of netizens is mainly due to the development of Internet infrastructure
and the dramatic cost decrease, as a result of restructuring of China
The report indicates that the number of male
Internet users is 27.892 million, 51 times the figure five years ago and
accounting for 60.9% of the total number. While female Internet users amount to
17.90 million, 236 times the figure five years ago and accounting for 39.1% of
the total number. Therefore, males are still the majority of Internet users.
The results of the tenth CNNIC survey show
that 58.9% Internet users are single and 41.1% are married. Single ones are
still the majority of Chinese Internet users. Among the users aged below 35,
83.84% are unmarried male Internet users.
The survey indicates that by the end of June
30, 2002, China's PC online had reached 16.13 million, among which 3.15 million
were ISDN users and 12 million were dial-up users, which also reflects a trend
of diversification of Internet access.
The increase of Internet users and websites
might enable China to be one of the giants in the Internet field. In ten years,
China will become the Internet center of the world, predicted Li Xing, the
deputy director of China Internet Network Information