This blog is by Maggie Ma from the Networks business of Nokia.
Greetings from the picturesque, historic Zhejiang “water village” of Wuzhen, China, where Nokia President and CEO Rajeev Suri spoke at the first World Internet Conference (WIC) during Nov. 19-21 and shared thoughts with top industry influencers and market players.
Under the theme of “An Interconnected World Shared and Governed by All”, the World Internet Conference is a three-day event recognized as the largest and highest-level Internet convention ever held in China. This government-sponsored event aimed to build an international communication platform for China to better communicate with the world’s leaders in the Internet realm in order to further integrate into the global Internet economy. The high profile event attracted an exciting array of tech executives from Facebook, Apple and Softbank to CEOs of top Chinese internet companies such as Baidu, Tencent, Sina and Alibaba as well as heads of local operators including China Telecom, China Unicom and China Mobile.
Rajeev highlighted Nokia’s vision and strategy for a world where everything and everybody can be connected: This underlines a rapid shift to what we call the Programmable World, and we expect to see more than 50 billion connected things – devices, modules and sensors – by 2025. We believe we have a powerful role to play in this world, a role of expanding the human possibilities of technology.
Today, China has about 640 million netizens, 530 million mobile broadband users and nearly 1.3 billion mobile phone users. The booming Chinese internet industry has not only stimulated the economic and technological development of the country itself, but also shows significant influence on the global economy. Commenting on the role Nokia will play, Rajeev noted that: “China’s national goal is to transform itself into an innovation-based economy and move up in the global value chain towards achieving sustainable growth. And at Nokia, we will continue to explore new ways to contribute to China’s social, technological and economic development – as we have done for almost 30 years.”
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