The penetration of cellphone and Internet can be regarded as the biggest change in the last decade. According to statistics, Guangdong have 69.92 million Internet users, ranking top in China. Besides, Guangzhou’s Internet coverage rate reaches 78.4% and the average online time of netizens is almost 20 hours per week, longer than the online time of people in Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai and Chongqing.
According to Guangzhou Statistical Yearbook (2005-2014), mobile phone users in Guangzhou went up from the number of 10.93 million to 31.76 million from 2004 to 2013, up 291%. Besides, the time on Internet in Guangzhou was increased from 53.8 billion minutes to 566 billion minutes from 2004 to 2012.
In other words, in 2004 Guangzhou netizens totally spent 2.46 million hours on Internet, while in 2012 their time spent on Internet raised to 25.83 million hours, it increased ten times over the last decade.