China Daily (Canada) - - TIBET -

The num­ber of res­i­dents us­ing mod­ern com­mu­ni­ca­tion tools has rapidly in­creased in re­cent years in the Ti­bet au­ton­o­mous re­gion, ac­cord­ing to the re­gion’s com­mu­ni­ca­tion man­age­ment of­fice.

The re­gion had more than 2.01 mil­lion tele­phone sub­scribers in 2010, and that fig­ure in­creased to 3.24 mil­lion by the end of the year, ac­cord­ing to the of­fice.

It said the num­ber of In­ter­net users in the re­gion reached 2.25 mil­lion by the end of the year, in­clud­ing 2.03 mil­lion mo­bile In­ter­net users.

Ac­cord­ing to China Mo­bile Ti­bet, Ti­bet has 2.27 mil­lion cell­phone users, and 4,265 vil­lages are now con­nected with mo­bile sig­nal cov­er­age.

As it takes a rel­a­tively long time for new prod­ucts and ser­vices to be­come avail­able in Ti­bet, e-com­merce, and on­line shop­ping in par­tic­u­lar, has boomed in the re­gion in re­cent years, play­ing an in­creas­ingly im­por­tant role in daily life.

A re­cent 10-year state­ment by Ali­pay, a third-party on­line pay­ment company un­der the Alibaba Group, shows that Ti­bet ranked first for mo­bile pay­ments in the last three years.

Ti­bet ranked first for mo­bile pay­ments in China in 2014, ac­count­ing for 62.2 per­cent of the to­tal, on­line business mag­a­zine lon­gau. com re­ported. It was fol­lowed by Shanxi with 59.6 per­cent, Ningxia with 58.3 per­cent, and the In­ner Mon­go­lia au­ton­o­mous re­gion with 57.5 per­cent, the web­site re­ported.

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