Posted On 2014/08/01 By In Behavior, China Domestic, Consumer, China Inbound, News, China Outbound, Internet, Social Media, Hotels With 913 Views

Chinese Tourists expect free (or at least cheap) WiFi

Tech companies are looking hard at the promising market of portable WiFi services as a flood of Chinese people head overseas loaded with demand for high-speed Internet. The companies hope to expand their WiFi business to other countries, tech.sina.com.cn reported. For tourists, a big headache is getting access to mobile Internet at a reasonable cost.

A survey from Sina.com, the leading Web portal in China, showed that 77.7 percent of outbound tourists think they must have access to the Internet, and nearly 64 percent of them want free WiFi at hotels, airports and restaurants because they think the fees from their communication carriers are too high. Now Chinese companies are beginning to offer portable WiFi services to help outbound tourists control the daily fee — holding it to less than 40 yuan ($6.50). The average price of overseas mobile Internet service is about 70 yuan per 100 megabytes per day.

Liu Jing, founder and CEO of Skyroam, which focuses on overseas mobile Internet services, said its clients can get access to local communication networks for the price of a cup of coffee. Skyroam covers 45 countries and is expected to cover more than 100 in the coming year. Liu said Skyroam is providing service for Chinese tourists, but the company will provide service to overseas clients through channels such as Amazon, BestBuy and overseas airports.


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Article: ECNS News

Tech companies are looking hard at the promising market of portable WiFi services as a flood of Chinese people head overseas loaded with demand for high-speed Internet. The companies hope to expand their WiFi business to other countries, tech.sina.com.cn reported. For tourists, a big headache is getting access to mobile Internet at a reasonable cost. A survey from Sina.com, the leading Web portal in China, showed that 77.7 percent of outbound tourists think they must have access to the Internet, and nearly 64 percent of them want free WiFi at hotels, airports and restaurants because they think the fees from their communication carriers are too high. Now Chinese companies are beginning to offer portable WiFi services to help outbound tourists control the daily fee — holding it to less than 40 yuan ($6.50). The average price of overseas mobile Internet service is about 70 yuan per 100 megabytes per day. Liu Jing, founder and CEO of Skyroam, which focuses on overseas mobile Internet services, said its clients can get access to local communication networks for the price of a cup of coffee. Skyroam covers 45 countries and is expected to cover more than 100 in the coming year. Liu said Skyroam is providing service for Chinese tourists, but the company will provide service to overseas clients through channels such as Amazon, BestBuy and overseas airports. Learn more in our Global Ready China Seminars Sources: Article: ECNS News

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Stefan

Stefan (from Austria, Europe) has been living, studying and working in China since 2010. Stefan has worked on several research, publication and consulting projects focusing on the China Travel Market. He holds three Masters degrees and is an expert on China Outbound Tourism, Marketing and Social Media in China. Stefan works with BMG on the Global Ready China Seminars as well as the Global Ready China News and related projects. He also has teaching engagements in the areas of eMarketing and Tourism Strategy.

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