China's internet users amount equivalent to Europe's population
Chinese mobile internet users [File photo: Chinanews.com]
A new report has shown China's population of internet users rose 2.7 percent to over 750 million in the first half of this year.
According to the report, mobile internet services such as food delivery have contributed to a large share of the growth.
In China, over 96 percent of internet users had access through their cellphones, an increase of 1.2 percent from the end of last year.
At the end of June, online food delivery services had more than 270 million users, a 41 percent increase from the end of 2016.
The number of people that used internet services to manage their money grew 27 percent over the first six months to 126 million.
In addition, users of bike-sharing services are another major growth group, with the number of users surging from zero to 106 million over a single year.
Meanwhile, the report indicates that China's internet penetration rate rose to 54 percent by June 30, but still lagged behind some European countries that have more than 95 percent penetration.