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Zeng lights the Internet spark in China

01 November 1999

Sparkice.com aims to be the leading E-commerce portal to, from and within the global Chinese community. It is building a network of Internet cafes throughout China. The company, founded in 1996, has already established itself as one of the fastest growing companies in the sector. Chairman and CEO Edward Zeng talks to Global Telecoms Business about the company's plans.

Internet use in China is growing rapidly from 900,000 in 1997 to a projected 6.7 million at the end of 1999. It has been estimated that there will be over 30 million Internet users in China by 2003. China is likely to become the biggest Internet market in the Asia Pacific and one of the top three globally.

Sparkice.com is already recognized as one of the leading ISPs in China. It is at the forefront of Internet growth in China. As well as being an ISP, the company aims to be a leading Internet content provider. Its CEO and founder Edward Zeng is considered a leading Internet network pioneer in China. Recently Zeng has played a key role in building business relations between the US and China. In June 1998 Zeng met the chairman of the People's Republic of China, Jiang Zemin and the US president, Bill Clinton to discuss Internet development in China.
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