Tuesday, November 15, 2005

China: showing us the way in mobile stuff

Arrived in Hong Kong today, after two days in Beijing. Over 400 million mobile subscribers in this country, adding 50 million new ones annually. Astonishing factoid: over 50% of web commerce in China happens from a mobile phone - not from a PC. That speaks volumes about the prospects for distribution of digital media in the largest, and fastest growing wireless market on the planet. If there is a bigger opportunity for mobile podcasting, I don't know where it is.

On arriving in Hong Kong, I note that the technology section in today's South China Morning Post (one of the great newspapers of the world) is all about digital media on mobile phones: video, music, games, blogging, advertising, user-generated content, porn, etc., etc. I feel like I've died and gone to heaven, and wonder when US carriers are going to get with the program. BTW, it appears that half of the articles appearing in the South China Post are available in podcast form. The future is here in Asia, folks. Watch this space.

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