News Summary: China's online population at 538M

Last Updated: Thu, Jul 19, 2012 14:32 hrs

: China's population of Internet users, already the world's biggest, has risen to 538 million. That's an 11 percent increase from a year earlier.

WHAT DROVE IT: Rapid growth in wireless Web surfing is credited. The number of people who go online from mobile phones and other wireless devices rose to 388 million, up 22 percent from a year earlier.

THE BACKDROP: The rise of Internet use and the explosive popularity of wireless access have driven the growth of a series of new Chinese industries from microblogs to online video. This month, regulators tightened control over online video.

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