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Insiders hail dawn of mobile Internet era

By Zhang Yixuan (People's Daily Overseas Edition)

10:54, November 18, 2011

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

Beijing, Nov.18 (People's Daily Online) --Wang Jianzhou, board chairman of China Mobile, believes that China has entered a new era of mobile Internet.

The viewpoint could be proven to a certain extent by the rapid growth of China's mobile phone Internet users. At the end of 2009, the number of Chinese who surf the Internet via phone was 233 million. It had increased to 303 million by the end of 2010. At the end of July of 2011, the number hit 318 million, accounting for 65.5 percent of China's total Internet users.

According to data by the iResearch Consulting Group, China's mobile Internet market size in the third quarter of 2011 was about 11 billion yuan, up 154.6 percent compared to that of same period of 2010 and up 39 percent compared to that of the second quarter of 2011. The explosive growth of China's mobile Internet market has already started.

Mobile Internet: Global trend

Experts believe that the rapid development trend of China's mobile Internet is irreversible, and there are still many good opportunities to be seized. Since the direction in which the global mobile Internet industry is headed has yet to be determined, industrial rules have not fully taken shape and the global layout of the industry is still changing, China still has a huge space and sufficient time to make breakthroughs and innovations.

"Compared to Internet on computers, mobile Internet has made it easier to conduct business on a global scale. Thanks to the relatively unified platform, sound payment systems abroad and large amounts of users, Chinese developers for the first time have the opportunity to sell their products globally," CocoaChina's CEO Chen Haozhi said, stressing that it is a precious opportunity.

"We have made considerable technological progress. In the initial stages, we encountered the same technical problems that Foursquare met a few years ago, but now they face almost the same technical problems as we do. We and Foursquare now have the same technological level," said Yang Yuancheng, cofounder of, a Chinese location-based service for social networking.

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