The price of a broadband connection places it well within the reach of the mainland Chinese middle class.
Wireless, especially Internet access through a mobile phone, has developed rapidly.
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.
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.
China's first foray into global cyberspace was an email (not TCP/IP based and thus technically not Internet) sent on 20 September 1987.
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.
500 million are accessing the Internet via cell phones.
The first four major national networks, namely CSTNET, China Net, CERNET and CHINAGBN, are the "backbone" of the mainland Chinese Internet.
A majority of broadband subscribers are DSL, mostly from China Telecom and China Netcom.The price varies in different provinces, usually around US – /month for a 4M - 100M ADSL/Fiber.(price varies by geographic region) Broadband makes up the majority of Internet connections in China, with 363.81 million users at this service tier.