The Russian edition of Forbes magazine wrote an article on March 8, 2018, about the emergence of tech start-ups and unicorn companies in China’s internet industry.
The article pointed out that WiFi Master Key is the only independent app among the top 10 most popular apps in China that is not affiliated with any of the Chinese internet giants – Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent (collectively known as BAT).
A large share of the most popular apps in the top 10 list is noted to be affiliated with the BAT. Particularly, apps affiliated with Tencent make up half of the list while apps affiliated with Alibaba took another three spots.
The top 10 most popular apps in China listed includes WeChat, QQ, Alipay, Taobao, KuGou, WiFi Master Key, Baidu, QQ browser, Weibo and Tencent Video.
WiFi Master Key developed by LinkSure Network is a leading free internet service platform that enables free Internet access worldwide through peer-to-peer wi-fi hotspots sharing, mobile network operator partnerships and its own wi-fi hotspots sharing. The company, LinkSure Network, has never accepted investment from any one of the BAT companies, which makes it a very rare non-affiliated minority among China’s leading internet enterprises.
“China’s mobile infrastructure has been developing rapidly. Currently, only one-fourth of the population are using 4G as the cost of mobile data is still relatively high given the current income level. As a result, China has a highly developed WiFi network, the WiFi-sharing service of WiFi Master Key has gained huge popularity,” Forbes writes.
In the past 5 years, WiFi Master Key has enabled free Internet access for billions of users and enhanced Internet usage while complying with China’s resource-saving and environmental protection requirements. According to statistics, 20% of WiFi Master Key users are first-time internet users. Additionally, time spent on the Internet by WiFi Master Key users is 1.7 times more than that of the non-users on average.
WiFi Master Key has been a pioneer in user experience, internet safety and social responsibility when it comes to free Internet access. Since 2017, WiFi Master Key has been trying ways to provide a more diverse post-connection service through personalized reading, purchasing and dining recommendations using big data and Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities in order to fulfil the growing demand of Internet users.