2014 GMIC opens in Beijing

The bi-annual Global Mobile Internet Conference, also known as GMIC, has kicked off at the China National Convention Center in Beijing. "Mobilizing The Next 5 Billion" is this year’s theme.

The number of registered participants has seen a new record. More than 15,000 internet leaders, developers and investors from around the world are expected to attend the two-day event. Global internet giants, including Google, Microsoft and Tencent are among the attendees.

Currently there are 2.7 billion internet users around the world. And the number is expected to reach 8 billion by 2024. China has seen rapid development in its internet industry in the past 20 years. By the end of 2013, there were over 600 million Chinese internet users.