China's Rural Population is going Online

In China, the Internet using rural population reached 106.81 million by the end of 2009- an increase of 26.3 percent year-on-year, according to a report.

The report, released Thursday by the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), said 68 percent of rural residents use desktop computers to get access to the Internet.

Mobile phones are an increasingly popular way to surf the Internet in rural China, but a “digital divide” is still growing between the country’s rural and urban areas, a survey found.

Rural netizens are increasingly using cell phones to surf the Internet, with 71.89 million people doing it this way, up 79.3 percent from the previous year, reports The China Daily.

A total of 69.2 percent of Internet users in rural areas are under 30 years old, and those younger than 19 account for 41.1 percent.

Rural China had over 100 million Internet users at the end of last year, accounting for just 15 percent of the rural population, according to a report put online Thursday by the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), the government-controlled overseer of Internet domain names in the country. That compares to 45 percent of urban residents online in bigger cities, a gap that has widened for the last two years, the report said.

According to the report, 44.6 percent of China’ urban residents use the Internet by the end of 2009, while in rural areas the proportion was only 15 percent. (ANI)

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