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Foreigners' Take on Internet in China
   2014-11-20 15:30:09    China Daily      Web Editor: Yangyang

As the first World Internet Conference gets underway in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, we asked foreigners to compare their Internet experience in China with the services in their home countries. The topics ranged from speed and cost to growth of mobile Internet and how technology will change in the future.

Here are the excerpts:

Q 1) How would you rate the experience of Internet here compared to your country? Internet mobile has grown exponentially in China recently. Is the situation similar in your country?

Q 2) People in China use Internet for just about all services, such as booking taxis, shopping, paying bills. Do you also see such extensive use in your country?

Q 3) Cyber security is a major issue both in China and around the world. Are you happy with the steps your government has taken to handle cyber threats?

Q 4) There's a lot of talk about super fast high-speed Internet, rolling out of IPv6 and tablets replacing TV. What are some of the major developments you expect in near future?

Pernille Paulsen, coming from Denmark, is a student who has been living in Beijing for 3 years.


As the first World Internet Conference gets underway in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, we asked foreigners to compare their Internet experience in China with the services in their home countries. The topics ranged from speed and cost to growth of mobile Internet and how technology will change in the future.

Here are the excerpts:

Q 1) How would you rate the experience of Internet here compared to your country? Internet mobile has grown exponentially in China recently. Is the situation similar in your country?

Q 2) People in China use Internet for just about all services, such as booking taxis, shopping, paying bills. Do you also see such extensive use in your country?

Q 3) Cyber security is a major issue both in China and around the world. Are you happy with the steps your government has taken to handle cyber threats?

Q 4) There's a lot of talk about super fast high-speed Internet, rolling out of IPv6 and tablets replacing TV. What are some of the major developments you expect in near future?

Pernille Paulsen, coming from Denmark, is a student who has been living in Beijing for 3 years.

Daniel Rothman, coming from Australia, is a web designer who has been living in China for two years.

A1: The Internet in China is slow compared to Australia if you are accessing websites that are not hosted within the country. If you are accessing websites hosted within China the speed is quite fast because the servers are hosted locally and there is low latency between the user and the server. Most people in China access the Internet on their smartphones whereas in Australia we still have very high desktop computer broadband use. Most Australian mobile phone users have a smartphone and have an 3G or 4G Internet on it. Mobile e-commerce is growing in Australia but it is not as big as it is in China where most people use their mobile phones to make purchases.

A2: Yes in Australia you can use the Internet or mobile phone to pay for just about anything! But compared to China adoption hasn't been as rapid and our apps aren't as good because of it. For instance, in Australia there is nothing like Taobao. The closest thing is eBay but it will take at least week for an item to get to your door if you're lucky and the range isn't as extensive. Our local taxi authorities have apps for taxis or there is Uber. Australians were very fast adopters of Internet banking so paying yours bills is done online with a system call Bpay. As I understand Internet banking is not as widespread in China and that has lead to companies like Alipay, Tencent and Baidu filling that void.

A3: Yes. But the Australian government could always do more to educate. Companies and people need to be aware of possible cyber threats out there and take on the responsibility to protect themselves. The big problem governments face is that the technology changes so rapidly and it is very hard for them to keep pace with the change and protect everybody. Also limits and regulations can be the death of innovation and new ideas ever getting off the ground.

A4: Internet will keep getting faster and faster to the point we wonĄŻt even notice load time... Or we only notice it when the Internet isn't working. The Internet is getting so big we need IPv6 to keep pace! Networks will get more resilient and reliable. Downtime will be a thing of the past. TV will always have there place in the house, except they'll get smarter and connecting in closer with your other devices like tablets. You might start watching a show on your TV and then stop half way through and the watch the rest on your tablet on the subway. More and more apps will take into account our habits and offer smart advice throughout our day.

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