China Mobile's token search deal

China Mobile's token search deal

Robert Clark  |   August 16, 2010
Just how serious is China Mobile about building a search engine with Xinhua?
Clearly, last Thursday’s joint announcement with the state news and propaganda arm is politically-driven. 
But it’s hard to see that the vague “framework agreement” is anything more than token.
No dollars are committed to the “Search Engine New Media International Communications Co” venture, nor any timetable. Neither company has any search capabilities, nor any apparent plans to obtain them.
In wake of the Google debacle, the Chinese government is looking for partners who can help maintain the Great Firewall. As Xinhua itself said, the project is aimed at helping the government “safeguard its information security and push forward the robust, healthy and orderly development of China's new media industry.”
It’s not the first state-backed effort at search. Quaero, the French challenge to Google, has sunk without trace. 
It’s not even the first Chinese government effort. People’s Daily, the official Communist Party mouthpiece, has been offering its own search engine, GoSo, since June. 
The announcement did not register on the Nasdaq share price of Baidu, which has 70% of the China search market, on Friday.
Of course, mobile search is not a big deal in China just yet, which has less than 100 million 3G users.

Tell Us What You Think

Add comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <strong> <cite> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd> <a> <p> <span> <div> <h1> <h2> <h3> <h4> <h5> <h6> <img> <img /> <map> <area> <hr> <br> <br /> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd> <table> <tr> <td> <em> <b> <u> <i> <strong> <font> <del> <ins> <sub> <sup> <quote> <blockquote> <pre> <address> <code> <cite> <embed> <object> <strike> <caption>
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
  • Use <!--pagebreak--> to create page breaks.

More information about formatting options


Robert Clark
Game on for social networking
Robert Clark
Yet another telecom service from Google
Tom Nolle, CIMI Corp
Myriad factors must be taken into account
Claudio Castelli/Ovum
To integrate Genesys and Enterprise divisions
Kate Gerwig
The era of cloud computing has arrived: Forrester
Martin Creaner
Inaction could lead to obsolescence


Greg Bensinger
Up to $1k devices could replace all laptop functions
Ivan Pepelnjak
Address shortage and IPv6 deployment sparking an explosion in routing table growth

Frontpage Content by Category's most popular news stories, blogs, analysis and features in the first six months of 2010