China takes the lead in internet users

According to estimates from the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), Beijing research firm BDA and the online market anlayst Nielsen/NetRatings, China has overtaken the US in the number of internet users at around 220 million. These numbers were estimated based on the online growth of 53.3% in 2007. The number on online users is expected to reach 280 million or more by the end of this year.

“A buoyant economy, massive investments in broadband infrastructure and strong consumer demand for applications including online games, instant messaging and online-music and online-video sharing are fuelling China’s rapid Internet growth,” said BDA chairman Duncan Clark.

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