Update: Google says China has renewed its content provider license
"We are very pleased that the government has renewed our ICP license and we look forward to continuing to provide web search and local products to our users in China," the updated post said.
Chinese authorities informed Google of the decision today, Google spokeswoman Jessica Powell said. She offered no further comment.
China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, which reviewed the license, could not immediately be reached for comment.
The renewal is good news for Chinese Internet users, said Liu Ning, a principal analyst at technology consultancy BDA.
"I think Google is important to China's search engine market," he said
If Google were to leave mainland China, search engine rival Baidu would dominate the market, Liu said. "I don't think this would be a good market landscape for Chinese users and advertisers."
"Google still has many loyal users in China," he said.
Google has been waiting to hear back from Chinese authorities about its ICP license since the company filed for its renewal last week.
The company's license must be reviewed annually. Its renewal will allow the search giant to continue operating its China-based site, Google.cn.
If Google had been unable to renew its license, it could have meant the end of the company's operations in China.
In March, Google began automatically redirecting Internet traffic from its Chinese site to its site in Hong, which provides uncensored search results. The move angered Chinese officials, and has threatened to derail the renewal of the company's operating license.
Last week Google began making efforts to win over Chinese officials. Rather than automatically redirect Google.cn visitors to Google's Hong Kong search engine, the company now sends visitors to a "landing page" where they can choose to click on a link leading to the Hong Kong site.
The delay in renewing Google's license -- it was due at the start of the month -- was because the company's submission "came late," a spokesman for the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said earlier this week.
Google's CEO Eric Schmidt said he was confident that Google would get its license renewed, according to media reports of remarks he made Thursday at an event in Sun Valley, Idaho.
- Securing Mobility, From Device to Network At one time, the process of managing and securing mobile devices and applications was fairly straightforward. Most organizations worried about one application (email)...
- Need to Replace MS Threat Management Gateway? Read this article to learn how F5's Secure Web Gateway solution provides a full set of features that can help you successfully migrate...
- The Shortfall of Network Load Balancing Applications running across networks encounter a wide range of performance, security, and availability challenges as IT department strive to deliver fast, secure access...
- Leave No App Behind with Software Defined Application Services F5 Software Defined Application Services (SDAS) is the next-generation model for delivering application services that enables service injection, consumption, automation, and orchestration across...
- Live Webcast IBM FlashSystem V840: Leveraging Software-Defined Flash to Drive Your Business With end-to-end, tightly integrated functionality and super-fast flash technology, products like IBM FlashSystem V840 Enterprise Performance Solution empower businesses to leverage the efficiency...
- DevOps with PureApplication System: Reduce cost and speed delivery with an integrated IBM Cloud solution Join this webcast to hear what ING Netherlands has been able to achieve while deploying DevOps tools from IBM Rational. An ING executive...
- What should I look for in a Next Generation Firewall? SANS Provides Guidance With so many vendors claiming to have a Next Generation Firewall (NGFW), it can be difficult to tell what makes each one different.... All Networking White Papers | Webcasts
Our new bimonthly Internet of Things newsletter helps you keep pace with the rapidly evolving technologies, trends and developments related to the IoT. Subscribe now and stay up to date!