Less than 10 percent of website IP Addresses available, and going to exhaust by 2011


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The available global IPv4 Website address is less than 10% now, and will fully deplete next year. If this issue is not tackled immediately, new users will face a problem of no IP Address available in the future.

According to China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), the deployment of next generation Internet protocol IPv6 site transition should hurry up, to avoid this situation. Secretary of Global website resource allocation management institutions, NRO, Raul Echeberria said that with the popularity of Internet, mobile phones, notebook computers, servers, routers and other devices, which are consuming IP addresses greatly, and cause the imbalance of supply-and-demand.

CNNIC experts, Zhang Jian said that due to China doesn’t have the control right of ip address, only 4.5% IPv4 resources are allocated for China, but the rate of Internet users in China keep growing, so China is facing with IP Address “supply and demand gap,” the situation is even grimmer.

Zhang Jian pointed out that in the next five years, the demand of mobile network IP Address is expected to reach 500-900 millions, the current IPv4 site resources are far to meet the rapidly increasing demand, if not take timely response, then operators, users and equipment providers, will have series of adverse knock-on effect.

Zhang Jian believes that to face the scarce IPv4 resources, network administrators should take immediate measures to promote the IPv6 network deployment plan.

CNNIC published “the 25th China Internet Development Statistics Report” shows that Chinese Internet users reached 384 million, with growth rate of 28.9%, and the growth rate of IP addresses number is far behind this.

Edited By Henry Lu

Microsoft: China is the most important Internet search market


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Microsoft’s search engine Bing Beta version was introduced in China in June 2009. Right now, although Google gaining the market share, but Baidu still dominates in China.

Analyst said that in China even the world’s largest search engine Google have failed to take over the local search engine giant, Baidu, hence Microsoft Bing still have a long way to go. For new search engine, it requires time to obtain user recognition, and it needs to compare user’s current recognition of existing search engine. Hence Bing needs time to achieve a breakthrough in China’s search engine market.

Microsoft needs new search technology and User experience to enhance its market in China, but Bing is still not particularly prominent in these two aspects of the performance, hence with 1 to 2 years, Bing won’t threaten the current positions of Baidu and Google.

Edited By Henry Lu

China forced PC users to install Green Dam, the internet filtering software which may create other security weaknesses


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From July 1 2009, Chinese Government forces the PC manufactures to install Green Dam, the internet filtering software which claimed to block any website contains sexual or violent material, on all PCs sold in China.

3 computer science professors from University of Michigan published a test report of Green Dam and point out the critical software bugs which will create major security weaknesses on PC. The report said that these software bugs come from defective coding skill; hence installation of this filtering software may lead PCs to a large number of attacks from hackers.

If the Green Dam is deployed based on the current state, it will seriously weaken computer security in China. Although these bugs can be fixed by downloading the update patch, but this software still need a substantial re-coding and thorough testing. And experts believe that it is very difficult to complete before July 1.

Although China’s official claim that the software is only used to block pornographic and violence, but it was found that it has also been used to filter politically sensitive website.

“Wall Street Journal” reported that two Chinese professors have protested against Green Dam and said this compulsory filtering software is Government’s abuse of power.

Beijing’s human rights lawyer Li Fangping also questioned the legitimacy of the Chinese Government plans. He asked the Ministry of Information Industry of China held a public hearing on this.

Edited By Henry Lu

When Web 3.0 will come


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Web2.0 has been a hot topic in recent years, from website to sales and to investment, everything has been put the name of web 2.0. Actually the concept of 2.0 was originally from release 2.0, the book of Esther Dyson, an American author. Later on an e-business magazine called business 2.0 was issued in US and the name was borrowed by web users in 2004. They used Web 2.0 this term to describe the situation that web industry has recovered from the deep valley of 2000But now instead of focusing on Web 2.0, more people interested about the coming Web 3.0. What it will look like? When it will come?

In the end of 2007, the number of online users all over the world has reached 1,200 millions. To this group of people, the possible direction of Web 3.0 may follow the next big application or the change of the net world. It is obvious that “mobile network” or “wireless network” may be the most possible direction for Web 3.0. Since Tim Berners Lee, an British computer scientist, invented web on 1989, it has been always applied on PC platform and all the services have been developed under PC environment as well.

The turning point of web dominant power shifting from US to East Asia

But PC is still too complicated; it can never be so instant available like mobile phone, this is also the reason why since 1999 mobile sales exceeded PC sales, the sales proportion of mobile and PC has reached 10:1. Therefore if web want to jump out of the screen on the desktop computer and involve more in people’s daily life, then the key is not on how perfectly it can work on PC but on how it can link with mobile phone or the another similar portable mobile tools closely.

Before, some people said that the screen on mobile phone was too small, but since the flip phone and slide phone have been released, the screen on mobile is enlarged greatly; some said that transfer speed of mobile phone was too slow, but now, we have WiFi and 3G; some said that the keyboard on mobile phone was too small to write email, but Blackberry has been fully accepted even by US customers; some said that mobile screen was not good for reading e-book, but currently Amazon.com has released a new electronic reader, called Kindle. It looks very like a mobile phone and it maybe the first step to make the E-book for mobile.

In a word, since mobile have been widely accepted as multifunction electronic product, now most barriers are only technical problems. Solving technical problems is much easier than changing people’s mind-set. Especially in East Asia, the speed of mobile network development in Japan and Korea is fastest in the world, and China may be the nation has biggest mobile online users population in the future, as they already have greatest number mobile users in the world: nearly 500 millions.

Web 3.0 will not just mean to transfer the technology from PC to mobile phone, but it will be the turning point of web dominant power shifting from US to East Asia. Of course there are some other factors we have to take into account. In China, mobile phone operators have too much power, comparing with them, the other parties in the whole industry chain are in a very inferior position. This situation is definitely not good to develop innovation services.

China needs to deregulate telecommunications industry

China needs to take one step further in open its market, not matter in giving licenses or sales. They should follow the example of US. In 1996, US passed Telecom Act, it greatly deregulated the industry, this is how later the internet industry can develop so greatly. Recently when US started to discussed about internet 2, most people agree to divide net providers from service providers, and let these two parties focus on their own duties.

This can be a good chance for China to have a leap in both National Competitiveness and Individual Productive Power. But we should not be over optimistic, because it relates to state-owned enterprises reformation and opening franchise rights, these are the issues can not be solve in one night. However, iphone have entered Chinese market, and 3G has opened after Beijing Olympic Games. Web 3.0 surely will come.

Edited By Vicky Yin

By 2010, China will become the largest online sales market in Asia-Pacific region


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Recent survey conducted by MasterCard on e-commerce market in Asia-Pacific region has pointed out that by 2011, the annual growth rate of online sales in Asia-Pacific region will exceed 23% and by 2010 China

will replace Japan to be the largest online sales market in Asia-Pacific region.

The survey believed that China and India will be the main driving force to boost the online sales in Asia- Pacific region. The graduate increase of the number of upper-middle-income urbanite in these two countries will stimulate the dramatic development of their online sales market. The fast speed of urbanization, rapid economic growth and increase of the purchasing power in these two countries all imply that the domestic consumption will grow strongly in these two countries. 

This report predicted that by 2010, there will be 480 million online customers in China, account for 58% of the total number of the online customers in Asia- Pacific region.  At the present, this number in China only account for around half of the total.

The report also mentioned that by 2010, the online sales in China will reach 1.4 trillions Dollars, becoming the first in Asia-Pacific while Indian is expected to be the second.

Edited By Vicky Yin

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