China: M-Commerce in World's Largest Mobile Market
Nir Kshetri (University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA), Nicholas Williamson (University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA) and David L. Bourgoin (University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA)
Copyright: © 2009
China is emerging as a global capital of m-commerce applications. China is the world’s biggest mobile market in terms of subscriber base and the fastest growing in the history of telecommunications. Although China currently lacks advanced mobile applications compared to Europe, North America, Japan and Korea, a number of mobile players are rapidly launching sophisticated mobile applications. Unique institutions and the nature of mobile market conditions in China, however, superimpose in a complex interaction that harbors a paradoxical nature. The Chinese m-commerce market is thus drastically different from that of the Western world. This chapter examines the Chinese m-commerce landscape and analyzes its drivers. We also examine the Chinese market from the CLIP perspective.