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It's official, China is No. 1 nation in Internet users

4:29 am on Apr 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

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China vaults past USA in Internet users [usatoday.com]

China, already the world leader in cellphone use, has surpassed the USA as the No. 1 nation in Internet users.

The number of Chinese on the Internet hit more than 220 million as of February, according to estimates from official Chinese statistics by the Beijing-based research group BDA China. The government is likely to confirm the leap at its half-yearly report in July.

The longtime Internet leader, the USA, which founded and developed the network of computers, had 216 million users at the end of 2007, according to Nielsen/NetRatings.

That didn't take long [webmasterworld.com]. It had been predicted this would happen eventually.

6:09 pm on Apr 23, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Inevitable purely through critical mass but who will be the biggest in 10 years, China or India? Asia already has the most by a long way.

Being pedantic surely the EU should rank as #1 at the moment, after all the USA is a union of States and it could easily be argued the same of China whereas Asia is a geographical area...whoa...


2:24 pm on Apr 23, 2008 (gmt 0)

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System: The following message was spliced on to this thread from: http://www.webmasterworld.com/asia_pacific_search_engines/3633230.htm [webmasterworld.com] by bill - 10:53 am on April 24, 2008 (jst +9)

Latest Information from Ministry of Industry and Information PRC shows that the number of Internet users in China have reached 221 million, which made China tops the world in this regard by overtaking USA!

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