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February 23, 1999


By CBR Staff Writer

China ‘s 2.1 million internet subscribers include 400,000 users with a dedicated connection, 1.49 million using a dial-up connection, and 210,000 who use both, according to the China Internet Network Information Center. The biggest concentration of users, nearly 24% is in Beijing – where most of China’s IT industry is centered – followed by Guangdong province with 21%. Shanghai surprisingly only has 4.3% of the country’s subscribers, less than Jiangsu and Zhejiang. The computer industry is top, sector-wise, with 17.4% of all users. Meanwhile, China’s exports of computer components and computers were worth $6.2bn in the first 11 months of 1998, up 30% from the previous year. Most exports are of major components such as monitors, keyboards, mice, printers, CD drives and disk drives. The US took 33% of the exports, the Netherlands 19%, Hong Kong 14%, Japan 7% and Singapore, the UK and Germany 5% each.

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