A new report from Tencent on the state of China’s digital economy points to the widespread digitisation measures of cities in the Pearl River Delta, as well as increasing usage of cloud computing in China on a nationwide scale.
The “Digital China Index Report (2020)” (数字中国指数报告（2020）) prepared by the Tencent Research Institute and Tencent Cloud was released at the 2020 Tencent Global Digital Ecosystem Conference on 10 September.
According to the Report the Overall Digital China Index (数字中国总指数) saw growth of 73.2% in 2019.
The Report highlighted Guangzhou and Shenzhen, both situated in the Pearl River Delta conurbation, as two leading cities for digitisation efforts, as well as the Jing-Jin-Ji region (compared of Beijing, Tianjin and adjacent parts of Hebei Province), and the Yangtze River Delta centred around Shanghai.
In terms of digital industries, over half of China’s urban conurbations saw digital index growth of over 100%, with education, healthcare and daily services all seeing especially strong growth.
Nationwide cloud usage in China also saw an 118% surge in 2019, a trend which has continued in the first half of 2020, with an over 90% rise in the month of February alone on the back of accelerated online activity during the COVID-19 pandemic.