China’s internet population just passed a major milestone. According to the Chinese government, 802 million people are now actively using the internet, 57.7 percent of the population. The data was published by the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) which is a branch of the country’s Ministry of Industry and Information. By comparison, the United States has an estimated 300 million internet users.
Most interestingly, 788 million people are mobile users, a whopping 98 percent of the country’s total user base. That illustrates just how efficient China has proven at rolling out network coverage as well as how mobile technology has become an indispensable facet of everyday life in the country. The data also found that online mobility services in particular are making strides in China with 31 percent of people using bike sharing apps, 37 percent reserving either bus or train seats online and 43 percent using taxi-booking apps.