With businesses closing their doors and people retreating indoors, the coronavirus pandemic has presented business risks in some areas while offering opportunities in others. The digital economy in China has seen a remarkable development amid the outbreak.
Similar to the influence of the SARS outbreak in 2003, online sales have once again surged with the support of home delivery services. Alibaba's self-operated grocery chain, Freshippo keeps serving the customers in self-quarantine as they make considerable online purchases of fresh food and daily necessities. The epidemic has furthered the shift in consumer behavior in the digital age.
Meanwhile in the time of coronavirus, the work-from-home policies have pushed many companies to change their business management patterns by adopting telecommuting systems and applying cloud and other digital technologies. This online migration has been a boon for telecommuting platforms developed by Chinese tech giants such as Alibaba, Tencent and Huawei. WeChat Work, Tencent’s office collaboration app, has seen a year-on-year tenfold increase in service volume; Alibaba’s DingTalk has observed the highest traffic in its five-year existence.
In the maelstrom of daily life grappling with COVID-19, the potential application for telemedicine will accelerate the rollout of 5G. China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has announced it will be supporting telecom operators to ramp up standalone 5G network coverage and capacity following the coronavirus-induced slowdown. In this sense, the pandemic may shape China's digital future in ways we never imagined.
According to the National Development and Reform Commission, it is believed that digital economy will be a critical engine for the economic growth. And the unexpected coronavirus outbreak has notably highlighted the magic of digital innovation.
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