At the end of 2008, the number of Internet users in rural areas reached 84.6 million households, up 60 percent from 2007.  This is the first time that the speed of Internet development in rural areas has exceeded that of urban areas, Yang Xueshan, Vice Minister of Industry and Information Technology said in an online interview on February 23, 2009.  Source: People’s Daily Online

BIIA Newsletter March 2009 Issue