Electronic Information Industry
Since 1978, China's electronic information industry has been advancing at a high speed, having far-reaching and favorable influence on other branches of the national economy. Computers, software and telecommunications are the three major parts of China's information industry. By 1999, the total scale of the information industry was at the top international level. The output of color TV sets, sound equipment and telephones had leaped to first place in the world; the total sales income of the electronic information industry had reached 430 billion yuan, with 39 billion US dollars in export value. Chinese computer groups represented by Legend and Founder of Beijing University are not only the leaders in the domestic market, their products have also entered markets in Southeast Asia and Japan. At the same time, with remarkable market potential, computer software Chinese computer groups represented by Legend and Founder of Beijing University are not only the leaders in the domestic market, their products have also entered markets in Southeast Asia and Japan. At the same time, with remarkable market potential, computer software development and information services are also developing well in recent years. Currently, finance, posts and telecommunications, science and technology, education, business activities and government institutions in China all have their own network systems and data bases connected with the Internet. So far, China has 8.9 million Internet users. In 1999, Beijing opened a 45-megampere international exit, which made the total bandwidth of international exit of China's electronic information 130 megamperes. As the industry developed most rapidly since the reform and opening to the outside world, telecommunications manufacturing kept an over-30-percent development speed during the Eighth Five-Year Plan period. China has completed various public telecommunication networks throughout the country and linked with the rest of the world, including optical-fibre, digital microwave, satellite communication, program-controlled exchange, and mobile and data communication.