China is now far and away the most connected country on earth, home to 1.467 billion cellular connections in 2019 – and the pace of growth shows little sign of slowing. The potential here for eCommerce is clear, and without equal: of the $2.5 trillion in digital payments forecast to be made across Asia Pacific by 2020, fully 76% will be in China, according to Statista. China’s 946 million mobile internet users will in that year present enormous opportunities to those in a position to provide them with digital services, but reliable and secure digital identity will be crucial. The need is striking – 67% of the Chinese population have no credit record at all. Central to this much-needed growth in digital identity is interoperability: if users can’t travel seamlessly between networks and devices, they will lose patience and adoption could stall. The collaboration between China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom to make their digital authentication aligned with the technical specifications of Mobile Connect, therefore is helping to create a universal identity solution, but there is plenty more work to do.
There’s a great deal to discuss in digital identity, then, at this year’s MWC19 Shanghai, and how can the most be made of the vast potential of this huge and rapidly developing country. Our flagship seminar this year therefore turns to The Future of Digital Identity in China: bringing together leading operators and their partners at the very pinnacle of the tech industry, delegates will review progress reached in China’s digital identity journey, and consider how best to collaborate on the road ahead. Development of digital identity in China – and how global enterprises can access the Chinese market, as digital services grow through the spread of IoT and 5G technologies – will be the focus of discussion among senior representatives from China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom, alongside Microsoft and Trulioo. The seminar will take place at the between 14:00-16:00 in the Jumeirah Hotel if you’d like to join the discussion, please register here.
Digital identity has as strong a presence as ever at the Innovation City in Shanghai this year: three of the big Chinese operators as well as Mobile Connect for Microsoft Azure Active Directory will be showcasing their identity services and how they will shape China’s digital future. China Mobile will be there with Mobile Authentication, which is poised to play a key role in the development of China’s smart cities, underpinning a range of daily transactions from payments, service logins, account founding and more. China Telecom will demonstrate their services E-Surfing Account – which uses network info to provide intelligent authentication seamlessly – and Security SIM KEY, provides smart terminal apps with highly secure authentication services, thus solving terminal security issues such as identity and mobile payment. And China Unicom will set out their Authentication and Data Management service, which provides a one-stop solution for data management to consumer and business clients, so they can be confident in the control they have over the data they generate in this rapidly digitising age. We hope to see many of you in Hall N5, where these solutions and more will be on display throughout MWC19 Shanghai.