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Telecommunication in China

The development of telecommunications in China is roughly equivalent to the United States. Under the country code +86, there were a total of 1.90 billion connections in 2020. Among them were 1.72 billion mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.2 per person. In the US, this figure is 1.1 mobile phones per person.
With about 20.60 million webhosts, China is below the world's average by population. At the end of 2020, 1.34 million of these, or about 6 percent, were secured with SSL or comparable encryption.
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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 203.50 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, China ranked 3rd in an international comparison. The upload rate of only 38.42 Mbit/second was significantly lower (47th place).
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, China comes 5th with a download speed of 113.50 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 26 Mbit was enough for 3rd place.
The Speedtest Global Index published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in October 2022 from 180 countries.
The following diagrams show the development of the various telephone and Internet connections as a percentage of the country's population. Values above 100% mean that, on average, every inhabitant has more than one connection.

Access to the Internet in China from 1990 - 2020

Broadband internet in China 2000 - 2020

Symbol image: cell towerThe expansion of broadband Internet in China is roughly on a par with the USA. Around 70% of all residents have access to the Internet. Around 34% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the former ISDN (more than 256 kbit/s). All fixed connections via DSL, cable or satellite were counted here, but not those connected to the Internet via mobile communications.

Landlines 1990 - 2020

Mobile phones 1990 - 2020

Distribution in 2020China
Internet users993.48 m70.40 %301.33 m90.90 %
Broadband users483.55 m34.27 %121.18 m36.55 %
Landlines181.91 m12.89 %101.53 m30.63 %
Mobile cellulars1.72 bn121.78 %351.48 m106.03 %

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