The outbreak of COVID-19 hinders the world economy. China was the first country affected by the pandemic crisis. Digital technology has played a vital role in fighting the virus and speeding up the recovery. China was one of the rare leading countries achieving positive GDP growth in 2020.

In the post-COVID era, the country relies on “new digital infrastructure” construction to achieve its sustainable development goals.

The report is a comprehensive overview of China’s digital landscape and covers a wide range of topics:

  • The landscape of China’s digital economy after the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • How the pandemic impacts digital technologies’ adoption in China.
  • What is China’s “new digital infrastructure” campaign. How the government fosters digital infrastructure constructions.
  • The market analysis of the emerging technologies such as 5G, AI, and Industrial Internet.
  • How the pandemic impacts Chinese consumer / public services markets.

Table of contents

1. Executive Summary

2. The landscape of China Digital economy development after COVID-19
2.1. Overview of China’s status in the global economy
2.2. The landscape of China’s digital economy
2.3. The major digital sectors’ development
2.4. Growth in telecom sector
2.5. Impact of the COVID-19 on the business and public services market

3. Government policies support
3.1. China’s technologies relevant national policies
3.2. China’s new digital infrastructure plan

4. Chinese digital infrastructure deployment
4.1. Gigabit city construction
4.2. 5G deployment in China
4.3. 5G industry application
4.4. Telecom industry ecosystem

5. China’s major digital sectors development
5.1. Industrial Internet
5.2. Internet of Things
5.3. Cloud computing
5.4. Artificial Intelligence
5.5. Internet Service distribution of Chinese Internet giants
5.6. E-commerce
5.7. Social network
5.8. Mobile Payment
5.9. Short video

List of tables and figures

List of tables and figures

2. The landscape of China Digital economy development after COVID-19
• Percentage of world GDP by country in 2020
• Current GDP growth by country in 2020
• Growth of Chinese digital markets by segment in pre-Covid versus post-Covid (million EUR)
• Total revenue of telecom services market by region/country, 2019-2024 (billion EUR)
• Revenues of Internet market in China, the U.S. and EU5, 2020 (billion EUR)
• Penetration rate of 4G and 5G subscribers by country, 2020 (% of population)
• Number of total fiber subscription by country, 2020 (million)

4. Chinese digital infrastructure deployment
• China telecom operators’ 5G CapEx (billion EUR) and number of 5G base stations (thousand), 2019-2021
• Chinese telecom operators’ 5G use cases

5. China’s major digital sectors development
• China Industrial Internet action plans
• China’s top 15 industrial platforms in 2020
• Global Cellular IoT connections, 2015 and 2020
• Chinese telecom operators’ IoT strategy
• China recent cloud computing related policies
• Comparison of services provided by leading cloud suppliers in China
• Chinese government’s vision of AI goals by 2030
• BAT AI investment/initiatives
• China’s leading social media & communication platform monthly active users in December 2020 (million)

Geographic area


  • Alibaba
  • Baidu
  • Bluetron
  • BONC
  • BYD
  • ByteDance
  • Casic
  • CBN
  • China Mobile
  • China Telecom
  • China Unicom
  • CMM
  • Datang Mobile
  • Didi
  • Ericsson
  • FiberHome
  • Foxconn
  • Futong Group
  • Gree
  • Haier
  • Hanyun
  • Hengtong Group
  • HTGD
  • Huawei
  • Humi
  • Inspur
  • JD
  • Little Red Book
  • Mediatek
  • Megvii
  • Meituan-Dianping
  • MIIT
  • Nokia
  • Pinduoduo
  • Qualcomm
  • SenseTime
  • SupOS
  • Taobao
  • Tencent
  • Unicloud
  • UNIPower
  • XCMG
  • Xiaomi
  • YOFC
  • Yonyou
  • ZTE
  • ZTT Cable

Other details

  • Reference: M00023MRA
  • Delivery: on the DigiWorld Interactive platform
  • Languages available: English
  • Tags: 5G, Artificial Intelligence, cloud computing, digital China, Digital economy, digital infrastructure, E-Commerce, gigabit city, Industrial Internet, Internet giants, Internet of things, Mobile Payment, social network, telecom industry

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