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Chinese take to mobile Internet, social sites

THE fastest growing sectors of China's Internet industry will include mobile Internet, social networking and e-commerce, top industry executives told the World Expo forum in Ningbo yesterday.

Internet firms are seeking new income channels by providing tailored personalized services, such as Twitter, instant messaging and mobile phone services, said Pony Ma, chairman and chief executive of Tencent Holding Ltd, and Charles Chao, Sina Corp's president and chief executive.

"New products like iPad and smart phones have definitely changed the way we use Internet," said Chao. "People are willing to take services at any time and any place."

Ma said customers were accessing Twitter, blogs and instant messaging accounts more often through mobile phones and new devices.

About 20 percent of QQ users access accounts through mobile phones but make up about 50 percent of QQ's total messages, indicating mobile users are more active than PC users, Ma added.

China's mobile phone user base has reached almost 800 million, surpassing the world's total handset user base a decade ago,?International Telecommunications Union Secretary-General Hamadoun Toure said.

China is expected by 2013 to pass Japan as the world's second largest e-commerce market after the US, said Jeff Liao, China CEO of eBay.


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