China and India's growing connected population has social networks and ecommerce firms world-over vying for a toehold in those online markets. A new report from the China Internet Network Information Center breaks down some of those booming numbers for the first half of this year in China, revealing an 11% growth in the Internet-connected population since last year. As of June, the country has 538 million people connected to the Internet, which is 40% of the population. Interestingly, a big chunk of that traffic is coming from mobile phones--CNNIC reports that 388 million mobile users now have access to the Internet. That number has overtaken the number of desktop users--380 million--for the first time (though, as Jon Russell at TheNextWeb points out, that number would be more telling if it represented PC users as a whole, counting desktop and laptop users).
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