Technology in emerging economies: Of internet caf?s and power cuts

Within a few months China will overtake America as the country with the world’s largest number of internet users. Even when you factor in China’s size and its astonishing rate of GDP growth, this will be a remarkable achievement for what remains a poor economy. For the past three years China has also been the world’s largest exporter of information and communications technology. It already has the same number of mobile-phone users (500m) as the whole of Europe.

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