There is no way of truly knowing who will be the next person to break new ground when it comes to tech innovation. And with the growing talent coming out of Asia now it has become increasingly difficult to gage where this person will come from. Effectively, does Asia have what it takes to revolutionize the tech world in the way Steve Jobs did?
Asia as the new big thing?
Will China be the make or break?
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Anyone who lives in China and is not like a close personal friend of the politburo will know exactly what it feels like to have a shoddy internet connection that is so unreliable it almost makes you want to go to the office on a Sunday.
Gone are those days my fellow netizens! News just in from our friends down at the Ministry Of The Internet: new legislation will stop the monopoly of internet providers on residential complexes. Indeed, up until now, one had to use the internet that was provided by the building management who had already signed a deal with one of the providers. This left the user with no choice and no one to complain to when the connection was terrible.
This will no longer be our plight and a healthy competition will start up between different providers. Not gonna lie, the best thing to do when you live in the UK is call up Sky customer service and threaten to switch to Virgin media unless they give you faster internet connection. Now we can all do the same in China.
Further good news: all new apartment complexes are to have fiber-optic connection installed. This proves the will of those at the top to make internet connection a sure thing for the future generations who will never have to admit to screaming at a disconnected Skype screen on a Sunday evening wondering why the hell they live in this godforsaken place (I mean, who does that?).
Hope for the future?
Not only is this immediate good news for us all who have suffered through choppy internet. But it shows an impressive commitment from the forces that be to do something to ensure a healthy growth of the internet in China. When you see the number of internet startups, apps and other online wonders that are coming out of China every day, you realize this growth can only continue if the connection holds everyone up. This recent news from MIIT is much better for China's future than many will acknowledge.
The internet market is still growing at a very fast pace in China and it’s already the time for mergers and acquisitions here! We have learnt, few days ago, that the leading Chinese search engine Baidu was planning to acquire the second search engine Sogou earlier this year but failed to finalize the deal.
Sogou, a Not So Small Competitor
Sogou, the search engine owned by the web portal Sohu, is still a small player in the search engine field in China compare to the giant Baidu but it has been reported by Infodesk that Sogou would be considered the second player just in front of Google. In a very fragmented search engine market, where more than eight local and international platforms are competing, it comes with no surprise that some players want to gain time by choosing to grow externally and remove potential threats by acquiring some competitors.
Internet in China: A Now Mature Market
Earlier in March this year, the two video sharing platforms Youku and Toudu had announced their merge into one bigger company called Youku Toudu Inc. Currently Youku’s market share is about 25% while Toudu is about 14%, the deal is about US$ 1 Billion and will create the first video sharing platform in China with around 40% of the market share.
With all the acquisitions going on during the past months, it is very likely that the internet market in China is going to concentrate within the next months.
Are you looking for awesome statistics about Internet in China?
Please find above our infographic summarizing the outstanding figures about the Internet in China in 2011.
You will find stats on Chinese online population in terms of demographics and usage, notably in E-Commerce, search, and social media.
The data come from the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) and the Beijing-based research firm iResearch.
Please find more detailed figures about Internet China in the following presentations:
As expected, China Internet population surpassed 500 million in 2011.
According to the latest report published by CNNIC (China Internet Network Information Center), the country had a population of 513 million Internet users as of December 2011.
Internet penetration hit 38% of the total population in 2011 (+4% year over year), a Chinese netizen being a 6+ year old resident in mainland China and having a home phone number or a mobile phone and used the Internet in the last 6 months.
Among those 513 million users, 356 million access the Internet with mobile devices (+18% year over year), that is about 37% of total population.
Regarding eCommerce, statistics show that over 194 million people now shop online. The growth is almost 21% compared to 2010.
More detailed statistics about situation of Internet in China in 2011 in a coming post. Stay tuned!
China will invest heavily in telecommunications infrastructure to increase Internet access speed by five times by 2015, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
At the same time, the Chinese government plans to decrease the broadband service rates generally 3-4 times more expensive than other countries.
Internet access in China is indeed currently rather slow, China's broadband bandwidth is currently ranked 71st in the world, China’s average being 1.8 Mbps compared to a global average of 5.6 Mbps.
By comparison, the average bandwidth in the US is currently 20-25 Mbps, five times that of China.
China’s average broadband bandwidth is expected to hit 20 Mbps in urban areas (Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, etc.) by 2015, that is to say 5 times the current level while rural areas will reach 4 Mbps.
Regarding the costs, the leading broadband service provider, namely China Telecom, promised to cut rates by 35% by 2016.
China has the largest Internet population in the world (over 450 million users), and over 155 million family broadband users by the end of 2011.
More information and statistics about Internet in China to come very soon. Stay tuned!
According to Chinese government, China’s online population jumped to 450 million in the end of November, representing an increase of 20.3% compared to the same period last year.
The figure marks an increase of 30 million since July when the number of Chinese netizens was estimated to 420 million.
China has the largest online population, with an Internet penetration rate of 33.9%, slightly above the world average of 30%.
The Chinese Internet has also become a lucrative marketplace with a lot of opportunities in ecommerce.
The value of online payments is expected to reach one trillion yuan (approximately 152 billion dollars) in 2010, according to Beijing-based research company Analysys International.
The number of Chinese people connected to the Internet has reached 420 million according to China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC).
In its 26th China Internet development statistics report, CNNIC claims that as of June 2010, the Chinese Internet population has risen to 420 million, compared to 384 million at the end of 2009.
Among the Chinese connected online, 277 million are accessing the web through their mobile phone, there are 43 million more than 6 months ago.
Concerning eCommerce, the number of Chinese people who shop, pay and use bank services online is estimated around 140 million. It's a 30% increase compared to 2009.
The penetration rate of Internet users in China is now 32%.
In a a white paper entitled 'The Internet in China' and released yesterday, China's government defends Internet censorship and states it will continue to block access to sensitive information on the Internet.
Internet censorship, 'necessary to protect citizens'
China has been blocking many websites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, considered as providers of inappropriate content.
The document confirms that censorship of this kind of websites will continue although 'the Chinese government encourages and supports the development of the network news media, providing a wealth of news and information, and shall protect the citizen's freedom of speech on the internet, to protect the public's right to know, participate, express and to supervise'.
'Laws and regulations clearly prohibit the spread of information that contains content subverting state power, undermining national unity [or] infringing upon national honor and interests,' read the white paper.
The Information Office of the State Council which published the document explains that it is the work of government and service providers to protect citizens from this material in order to 'prevent all kinds of illegal dissemination of information'.
Despite the 'Great Firewall', Chinese web users 'fully enjoy freedom of speech on the internet', according to China's government.
Internet in China has to respect Chinese laws...
China's government wants to make clear that Internet has to comply with Chinese online regulations: 'Within Chinese territory the internet is under the jurisdiction of Chinese sovereignty. The internet sovereignty of China should be respected and protected,' read a paragraph in the document.
Internet control is considered as necessary for state protection. Moreover, China warns other governments to respect its authority in this area.
'Laws and regulations [are necessary] to safeguard information security, internet, basic legal basis for all citizens. In the People's Republic of China, foreign citizens, legal persons and other organisations must comply,' concluded the white paper.
In addition, the document notes 'Chinese law prohibits any form of network hacking,' an allusion to the Google hacks for which the government has denied any responsibility. Google accused Chinese hackers of playing around with its encodings and the Gmail accounts of human rights activists.
After the US company failed to negotiate with Chinese government, Google turned off its main Chinese search engine in March 2010 and decided to redirect the traffic to its Hong Kong server.