Global media reports are sending conflicting messages as to whether tech companies are set to either suffer losses from factory shutdowns in China as the coronavirus epidemic continues or enjoy a surge in purchases as parents scramble to buy devices so their children can study online.
Much of the edtech community is cautiously optimistic that the uptake of online education products in China will reach a “tipping point” that sees products retain wider market access when the virus subsides.
Classes are continuing online for the country’s 180 million students through apps and online platforms. In addition to private providers, the state has itself launched a massive “National Online Cloud Classroom”.
“The coronavirus epidemic is a crisis to our society, but also a good chance to promote and develop technology and solutions”
“The government contracted tech companies like Baidu, Huawei, and Alibaba, along with telecom providers China Telecom, China Unicom, and China Mobile, to work together to provide the cloud capacity and bandwidth,” explained the Ministry.
“The platform is now operating with 90 terabytes of bandwidth and uses over 7,000 servers. It has been built for simultaneous use by 50 million students.”
Read more : Callan Quinn : The PIE News : 27 February 2020