china has risen rapidly in the mobile internet industry with the number of mobile internet users reaching 820 million in 2018, up 9% year-on-year, driven by the explosive growth in the short video market, an internet trends report said.
the data flow of china's mobile internet surged 189% last year compared with the same period in the previous year, with growth rate accelerating year by year, said the much-anticipated annual report of mary meeker, dubbed "queen of the internet", a partner at venture capital provider kleiner perkins caufield & byers.
up to april 2019, chinese internet users spent more than 600 million hours watching short videos per day on average, meeker said in her report.
the report noted that china is catching up as a hub for the world's biggest internet companies.
the country is home to seven of the world's top 30 tech giants, including alibaba, tencent, meituan-dianping, baidu and netease.
statistics from the china netcasting services association showed china's short video market increased 744.7 percent year-on-year to 46.7 billion yuan ($6.8 billion) in 2018.
total short video users in china stood at 648 million last year, accounting for 78.2 percent of the country's overall online population.