Online learning and video streaming have witnessed the biggest growth since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.
According to a new report from the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC). Internet users in China are now in excess of 904 million. And 99.3% of them, or 897 million people, connect to the internet using mobile devices.
According to CNNIC, the majority of online services have seen massive growth driven largely by the pandemic. These include online learning, video streaming, and mobile payments. The number of users has increased by 31.1%, 41.1%, and up to a staggering 110.2% in a relatively short period of time. It is not surprising though that other sectors have witnessed a decline in the number of users. This is likely due to restrictions imposed by the government. The most affected areas include travel and booking related apps and services, taxi and ride-hailing, food delivery, and the likes.
The half-yearly report shows that the average network time due to the coronavirus pandemic. Increased to 30.8 hours in March 2020. This is 3.2 hours more than at the end of 2018. Of all applications, people spend most of their time with instant messaging and online video applications.