China's optical fiber users account for the world's first 4G penetration rate of the world's top five.

China's optical fiber users account for the world's first 4G penetration rate of the world's top five.

China Internet development report 2018 released 4G user penetration into the world's top five

Author: Sun Qiuxia Liu Yuying

On November 8, China Internet Development Report 2018 (hereinafter referred to as "Report") was released at the Fifth World Internet Congress.

According to the Report, China ranks the first in the world in terms of optical fiber users, with the penetration rate of 4G users entering the top five in the world, and 5G R&D entering the world's leading echelon.

As of June 2018, the total number of fixed broadband access users in China reached 378 million, of which 328 million were optical fiber access users, accounting for 87.5% of the total number of broadband users, and optical fiber users ranked the first in the world.

In addition, the network download rate has also increased significantly. By the end of the second quarter of 2018, the download rates of fixed broadband and 4G networks in China were both over 20Mbps, up by more than 50% year on year.

It is worth noting that after the implementation of China's 4G network construction, the total size of the country's 4G base stations exceeds 3.4 million, the number of 4G users reaches 1.11 billion, and the penetration rate of 4G users enters the top five in the world. 5G R & D has entered the global leading echelon.

Some areas of network information technology have also achieved a single breakthrough. According to the report, in 2017, China's patent applications in the field of information technology totaled 3.986 million, and PCT (Patent Cooperation Agreement) international patent applications totaled 48.9 million, ranking second in the world for the first time. As of June 2018, China has built a national high-performance computing service environment consisting of 17 high-performance computing centers, ranking first in the world in terms of resource capacity.

The report also points out that the digital economy continues to inject strong momentum into economic and social development. In 2017, China's digital economy totaled 2.72 trillion yuan (RMB, the same below), accounting for 32.9% of GDP, up 2.6 percentage points from the same period last year, and contributed 55% to GDP growth.

Among them, e-commerce transactions amounted to 29 trillion and 160 billion yuan, an increase of 11.7% over the same period last year. Internet of things annual market size exceeded 1 trillion yuan, annual compound growth rate of more than 25%. The scale of AI market reached 23 billion 700 million yuan, an increase of 67% over the same period last year.

It is worth mentioning that the report also published the rankings of Internet development in various provinces (autonomous regions, municipalities directly under the Central Government).

According to the Internet Development Index of 2018, the top 10 are Guangdong, Beijing, Shanghai, Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Shandong, Shaanxi, Sichuan, Fujian and Hubei.  

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