China’s total internet traffic reached 10 billion GB in the first three-month period of 2018, according to data released on Wednesday by Axios.
The data comes from a study conducted by Chinese internet service provider Huobi and the World Wide Web Consortium.
Huobi, a subsidiary of China’s largest internet provider, Tencent, reported that the total internet usage in the country hit a record high of 10.1 billion GB during the three-months period ending March 31, 2018.
In the year to March 31 there were 1.2 billion GB of data streams in the market, according the study, which said China had surpassed the previous high of 2 billion GB recorded in December 2016.
The study also noted that China’s online traffic surpassed 1.5 billion GB for the first time in 2018.
The total number of online users in China hit 10 billion for the year ending March 1, 2018, up 2.2 percent from the year-ago period, the data showed.
Huobin also reported that Chinese internet traffic surpassed 9 billion GB last year.
According to the study by Huobi — China’s most widely used online service provider — the country had 8.2 million GB of online internet traffic in 2018, and the data indicated that more than 90 percent of that traffic was generated in China.
The report said that the Chinese internet infrastructure had also reached the highest level in the world, surpassing the 8.3 billion GB mark set by China’s National People’s Congress in 2020.
“China’s internet infrastructure is the world’s strongest, and it has achieved this milestone despite the country’s slow pace of economic and technological development,” Huobi CEO Li Jing said.
The company said that Chinese users of the internet reached an average of 11.2 GB per day in the period.
China also saw a 20 percent increase in internet users per capita during the period, compared to the previous three months, the company said.
China is the largest online market in the developed world, according a recent report from research firm Ovum.
The company said the number of Chinese online users grew more than threefold from 7 million users in 2015 to 22 million in 2020, a significant increase.