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China’s internet user number hits 854 million



Beijing: As China prepares to take a leap in cellular technology with the launch of 5G network, the number of internet users in the country has reached 854 million, the state media reported on Friday.

According to a report issued by the China Internet Network Information Centre, the number of internet users saw a hike by 25.98 million from the end of last year, with the internet availability rate up by 1.6 per cent.

A total of 847 million Chinese people use mobile phones to surf the internet, an increase of 29.84 million from the end of last year.

Mobile phone users accounted for 99.1 per cent of the total netizens, up by 0.5 percentage points.

Mobile date usage up 1.2 times vs global average

Faster internet service at lower costs has greatly boosted usage growth, with the average monthly mobile data usage per user reaching 7.2 gigabytes (GB), 1.2 times the global average, the report said, adding the internet availability rate in the country reached 61.2 per cent.

The average download speed of mobile broadband has increased by about six times in the last five years and the fee for mobile internet has dropped by over 90 per cent, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

While China is the home for the largest number of internet users, it also has the most restrictions in place for use of web-based services.

Global social media outlets like Twitter, Facebook and Google-related services remain banned and the internet is controlled with massive firewalls to weed out the unauthorised content.

The country is preparing for the launch of 5G services which is seen critical because it can support the next generation of mobile devices in addition to new applications like driverless cars.


Vikas Dubey made Chambal ravines his hideout




Vikas Dubey, a history sheeter who brutally murdered eight policemen in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur, is still far from being arrested by the police. Hundreds of police teams are looking for him. At the same time, SSB has also been alerted on the state’s border with Nepal but no clue is available.

Meanwhile, the former DGP of UP, Vikram Singh said that the way the last location of Vikas Dubey has been traced in Auraiya, then it is very likely that he has caught the path of Chambal’s rugged route through Etawah. Agra can be reached through the rugged interior. After reaching Agra, it becomes easy to enter MP and Rajasthan.

In the case of notorious criminals, it is often seen that due to the setting, it becomes difficult for the two state police to become a co-ordinator or the other state police conducts a search operation to show themselves, but the criminal is hiding there.

Significantly, in the Bikeru village of Chaubepur, Kanpur, a bloody encounter took place between the police and Vikas Dubey’s gang on Thursday – Friday night. The police team reached Vikas Dubey’s raid here. Here Vikas Dubey along with his gang attacked the police, in which eight soldiers were martyred.

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