Access in China
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According to the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), the number of Internet users in China reached 564 million by the end of 2012, the largest national user base in the world. Individual Internet use in China is growing rapidly and expanding into previously inaccessible areas, with the penetration rate rising to 42.1 percent in 2012 from 28.9 in 2009.
The majority of users access the Internet at home, as Internet cafes have begun to slide in popularity. The average Chinese Internet user spent just over 20 hours per week online in 2012, up slightly from 18.7 hours in 2011. A striking 74.5 percent of users accessed the Internet via mobile phones in 2012, a number partly driven by the increase of mobile handset and broadband availability. The vast majority of Internet connections are via broadband rather than dial-up. Though broadband is generally affordable in urban areas, prices are expected to drop in the near future. Although Internet access is expanding into rural regions, nearly three fourths of Chinese Internet users are based in urban areas.