14 Oct 2010 10:13

Mobile Internet users in China swell to 292 mln

Shanghai. October 14. INTERFAX-CHINA - China was home to 292 million mobile Internet users as of the end of September, an official said at the PT/Expo COMM China 2010 in Beijing on Oct. 13.

Liu Jie, vice chief of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology's (MIIT) telecom bureau, said at the conference that approximately 35.1 percent of the country's mobile users had used the Internet via their mobile phones as of Sept. 30.

At that time, China had 833 million mobile subscribers and a mobile phone penetration rate of 63 percent on the mainland, Liu said. By comparison, the number of China's mobile subscribers stood at 814.09 million as of the end of July, according to previous MIIT figures.

At the end of the first half of 2010, mobile internet users in the country totaled 214 million. During the January to June period, the mobile Internet market generated revenue of roughly RMB 23.7 billion ($3.6 billion), with data traffic and application services accounting for 59.1 percent and 40.9 percent of the total, respectively, according to figures released by domestic consulting firm Analysys International.