China is a growing force in technology. But what do you know about its history, its companies and its IT culture?
China is a growing force in the tech world. Some of the world’s biggest IT firms – Huawei, ZTE and Lenovo are but three that call the country home.
Chinese-manufactured servers and PCs are everywhere in Western businesses, and its smartphones are rapidly becoming world leaders, thanks in no small part to a huge domestic market.
Telecoms networks are built using Chinese equipment, to the concern of some nations, and to the benefit of others, including the UK. EE and BT have built large parts of their infrastructure using Huawei kit and many of the mobile and broadband innovations
That’s before you think about the companies serving China domestically. Alibaba and Sina Weibo are unheard of outside their homeland but command significant customer bases.
There’s also a darker side to Chinese IT however. It has massive surveillance systems set up to monitor citizen use of the Web and much of the global Internet is blacked out,
But what do you know about Chinese IT?