The amazing cloud storage service, Dropbox gets a reprieve in China that was blocked by the Great Firewall earlier. It is still not clear about the reason for allowing the access to Dropbox and the period for which this facility is made available.
The unblocking of Dropbox in China was first spotted by Tech in Asia that revealed that the site is no more restricted. It suffered from a lengthy blackout period that started in 2010. However, it is not necessary that the market of Dropbox will rise in China by merely allowing the access to its servers. This is due to the reason, the cloud storage services are provided by the local companies that are quite generous in this regard.
Tech in Asia also verified that the access of Dropbox servers is not only available in Beijing, but throughout the country. Moreover, the data uploading capabilities are also restored in addition to data syncing features. The release of Dropbox after a period of 4 years poses some questions about the availability of the Google Drive that is still behind the Great Firewall since its release in 2012.
Local servers of China have made up for the cloud storage services. Tencent is proudly offering 10 TB of free storage to its users. This service will be available for overseas users also. Some other renowned names in this field are Qihoo 360 and Baidu who are offering 1TB of free storage, not bad at all. The greatest advantage that the local servers possess is that they lie inside the Great Firewall that enables them to provide great speeds of data uploading and accessing for using later on. The popularity of Dropbox will suffer due to low speeds of users towards overseas servers.
It would be interesting to hear the views of Dropbox for the unblocking of its servers in China. The company might be looking to enhance its business in this regard.
The reason behind blocking of the Dropbox in China was the speculations of transporting data to the US Dropbox servers from China. It was sensed that politically sensitive information is shared on the Dropbox servers that resulted in its blocking. However, the users in China are now able to use the most popular cloud storage facilities as well as using file syncing capabilities.
It is not certain at the moment that Beijing will block the cloud storage facilities again randomly. If this happens again, the Dropbox market in China would suffer big time again.