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Telecommunication in China

Compared to the European Union, China has a slight downturn in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +86, there were a total of 1.94 bn connections in 2019. Among them were 1.75 bn million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.2 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

The expansion of the broadband Internet in China is roughly equal to the EU average. Around 54% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 32% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).

With about 20.60 m webhosts, China is below the world's average by population.


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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 163.83 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, China ranked 18th in an international comparison. The upload rate of only 41.83 Mbit/second was significantly lower (47th place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 18th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, China comes 4th with a download speed of 148.62 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 29 Mbit was only enough for 1st place.

The "Speedtest Global Index" published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in Februar 2021 from 175 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 - 2019

Broadband internet in China 2000 - 2019

Landlines 1990 - 2019

Mobile phones 1990 - 2019


Spreading in 2019China
Total
China
percent
EU
Total
EU
percent
Internet users758.96 m54.30 %382.31 m85.43 %
Broadband users449.28 m32.14 %158.30 m35.37 %
Landlines191.03 m13.67 %165.48 m36.98 %
Mobile cellulars1.75 bn124.94 %542.60 m121.25 %