PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2006, Vol. 25 ›› Issue (4): 108-117.doi: 10.11820/dlkxjz.2006.04.012

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Spatio- tempor al Analysis of Regional Internet Development in China

LIU Guifang   

  1. China- Australia Cooperative Research Institute for Geographic Information Analysis and Applications, Henan University, Kaifeng 475004, China
  • Received:2006-02-01 Revised:2006-06-01 Online:2006-07-25 Published:2006-07-25


The rapid increase in economy and high- speed development in information industry have made Internet in China grow quickly. Meanwhile, the social informationization step has accelerated and regional information disparities have emerged. Combining the number of domains in each province with maps, this paper discusses these disparities in China spatially and temporally. Meanwhile, we improve some methods of correlation analysis, Lorenz Curve and location quotient et al., which are different to the traditional economic ones such as GDP. The conclusions are as the following: (1) The Internet development in China declines gradually from Eastern China to Western China. (2) The gap between high level provinces and low level ones was big. For example, in 2001, domains in Beijing were 442 times as much as those in Qinghai province. (3) Although the absolute disparities between Eastern China and Central China as well as Western China were widened from 1999 to 2005, the comparative disparities in each province were constant by and large. (4) This paper classified provinces into five categories using location quotient, which represents the difference with the average level. The classification distribution showed that the Internet development in Eastern China was increasing, in contrast to the stagnation in Central China and Western China. So, the development in Central China and Western China should be paid much attention to by the government. (5) The spatial distribution of domains was consistent with that of provincial GDP, but not accordant absolutely.

Key words: internet in China, regional difference, spatio- temporal analysis

CLC Number: 

  • K901