China Has More Internet Users than the U.S. Population

The number of Internet users in China (NYSE:FXI) increased to roughly 485 million as of the end of June, an increase of 6.1% from six months ago. That figure has the current penetration rate at 36.2% of the population, according to the survey conducted by the China Internet Network Information Center.

Of the 485 million users, 387.22 million used broadband fixed-line access modes at home and 317.68 million used mobile devices like smartphones. The average time spent on the internet was 18.7 hours for the month.

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At the end of June, there were 331.627 million IPv4 addresses, 7.861 domain names, and 1.83 million websites in China, which had a total bandwidth of 1,182.261 Gbps for international internet connections. China Telecom (NYSE:CHA) was the largest ISP in terms of bandwidth, followed by China Unicom (NYSE: CHU), with just over half the bandwidth of Telecom, then China Mobile (NYSE:CHL), CSTNet, and CERNET.

Some of the most popular websites for Chinese Internet users include Baidu.com (NASDAQ:BIDU), SINA (NASDAQ:SINA), Sohu.com (NASDAQ:SOHU), NetEase.com (NASDAQ:NTES), and Youku.com (NYSE:YOKU).