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Public Internet services are usually provided by provincial telecom companies, which sometimes are traded between networks.
Internet service providers without a nationwide network could not compete with their bandwidth provider, the telecom companies, and often run out of business.
The number of users using mobile devices to access the Internet overtook those using PCs (83.4% and 80.9%, respectively). By 2014, China hosts more than twice as much national bandwidth potential than the U.
S., the historical leader in terms of installed telecommunication bandwidth (China: 29% versus US:13% of the global total).
Most users go online to read news, to search for information, and to check their email.
They also go to BBS or web forums, find music or videos, or download files.
The interconnection between these networks is a big concern for Internet users, since Internet traffic via the global Internet is quite slow.
Since 2008, the government only blocks certain pages on Wikipedia which they deem to contain controversial content.China's first foray into global cyberspace was an email (not TCP/IP based and thus technically not Internet) sent on 20 September 1987 to University of Karlsruhe.It said "Across the Great Wall, we can reach every corner in the world" (simplified Chinese: By June 2014, there were 632 million internet users in the country and a penetration rate of 46.9%. in its global leadership in terms of installed telecommunication bandwidth in 2011.The majority of Chinese Internet users restrict their use of the internet to Chinese websites, as most of the population has a lack of foreign language skills.English-language media in China often use the word "netizen" to refer to Chinese internet users.Other Internet service providers such as the human resource service provider 51job and the electronic commerce web sites such as are less popular but more successful on their specialty. All websites that operate in China with their own domain name must have an ICP license from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.Because the PRC government blocks many foreign websites, many homegrown copycats of foreign websites have appeared. As of 2015, Google has limited to no presence in China.China has endeavored to offer a number of online mapping services and allows the dissemination of geographic information within the country.Soso maps, Baidu Maps (百度地圖) and Tianditu (天地圖) are typical examples.Later dominant telecom providers also started to provide Internet services.In 2015 January, China added seven new access points to the world’s Internet backbone, adding to the three points that connect through Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou.