back to article China welcomed its billionth netizen in the first half of 2021

More than a billion Chinese citizens now use the internet, according to the China Internet Network Information Centre's 48th Statistical Report on Internet Development in China. The report indicates China passed the billion-user mark in the first half of 2021, during which 21.75 million people came online to create a total …

  1. jake Silver badge

    Yeah, except ...

    ... one could make a case for not a single one of those folks actually being on The Internet at all, they are on an Intranet that uses Internet protocols, thanks to the censorship provided by the "great" firewall.

    Self-balkanization by their government will only end in tears ... it always does.

    1. gandalfcn Silver badge

      Re: Yeah, except ...

      Bless. Get over yourself.

  2. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    "Average use times are down [..] – probably reflecting lockdowns"

    That is entirely illogical. Lockdown is what generally inflates Internet usage - because there's not much else to do apart from working from home.

    1. teknopaul Silver badge

      Re: "Average use times are down [..] – probably reflecting lockdowns"

      Maybe they meant WWW usage?

    2. Giles C Silver badge

      Re: "Average use times are down [..] – probably reflecting lockdowns"

      Read the whole line

      Average use times are down from a peak of over 30 hours a week in 2020 – probably reflecting lockdowns in the first half of that year.

      I read that as it 2020 (lockdowns) more internet use in 2021 (no / fewer lockdowns) less time spent on the internet.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    That's a billion people...

    ...trying to get VPNs installed to watch YouTube, etc...

  4. FozzyBear
    Coffee/keyboard

    Any other country not having stats on porn usage I would call bollocks, or is that dressed up as the "short video" numbers

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