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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

China Second for Overall Web Access

NEW YORK -- China trails only the United States in the number of people with Internet access at home, with more than 56 million people able to connect from their residences, according to a report released this week.

A study by Nielsen/NetRatings showed that just over 5 percent of China's more than 1 billion people can reach the Internet from home. A far higher percentage of people in many developed nations can reach the Internet at home, but China's massive population pushed it above Japan, Germany and Britain in terms of overall at-home Internet access. The United States leads with 166 million Americans able to reach the Internet at home, the study showed.

With Internet subscription rates in China growing at 5 percent to 6 percent monthly, 25 percent of the population, or more than 250 million people, may have online access in only three or four years, said Hugh Bloch, managing director of Nielsen/NetRatings in North Asia.