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Posted 22 January 2004 - 10:18 AM
Canada tops the list in percentage of users while in sheer numbers the USA has the most.
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Posted 22 January 2004 - 10:20 AM
The same reason fueled Finlands' highest penetration rate of mobile phones...
Posted 22 January 2004 - 10:46 AM
If 41% of the adults Chinese have internet connection and it results only in 6 million internet users in (urban) China, this would imply that the urban population of China is 14.63 million... The Shanghai metropolisalone has some 12 million...
According to the Chinese newspaper, People's Daily, as of the end of 1999, the urban population in China's 668 cities totals 376 million.
From a Reuters report I read a week or so ago:
According to a semi-official Chinese research centre, the China Internet Network Information Centre, the number of Internet surfers in China has grown to 79.5 million people at the end of 2003, up an annual 34.5 percent.
China, which already had the world's second-largest Web population after the United States, added 20.4 million new online users during the year. Total users will grow very quickly in the next five years, the centre has said in its twice-yearly report.
Posted 22 January 2004 - 01:35 PM
I think it will be awhile before most of China is over going wow! about lightbulbs and refridgerators and moves on to cellular modems in their laptops
For modern purposes, China's population is the population in the major cities in the east - Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and very little else.
I was in Jinan - which is the capital of a province just south of Beijing, doing work for a very large manufacturer with a big impressive building and thousands of engineers, not to mention employees. This area has the manufacturing for Honda, Suzuki and other companies as well, and is pretty modern. The internet connection FOR THE WHOLE COMPANY was ONE 486 with Win95 and a 14.4 dialup modem. And they were very proud of that.
The dichotmy between the Stone ages and ultra modern is huge there. When they do have modern stuff - it's usually the best that can be bought - their cell phone network is way better than that in North America, for example - when you are in an area that has it...
In practice - the "Internet Generation" there is much, much smaller than the official census numbers.
For Canadians, I personally don't know *anyone* without an email address. In a country this big and cold you tend to try to do stuff from your house as much as possible.
Also, the big carriers got all sorts of government assistance and tax breaks, and in return had to promise to make the communications networks available to *all* communities, not just the profitable ones.
Interesting fact (well, to me, anyway) Calgary is the 3rd most connected city in North America, and we have no less than 4 members of this forum that I know personally (including myself) from that city. And yes, it's damn cold here usually.
Posted 22 January 2004 - 01:41 PM
It's really, really popular to use Internet Cafe's there. It's not just an emergency thing like over here - it's very popular and very common - it's what the cool people do. Go to the center, check your email, and then hang out with yout friends.
I expect many of the "internet surfers" don't even own computers. Every engineer I talked to at that company was happy to give me their email and implied that they were internet savvy - but you compare that to how many actually had internet connected computers and it's a different story. Obviously many of them had workstations (if you can consider a Pentium 120 a workstation).
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