Oracle Cloud does not work in China
Oracle Cloud does not work in China

TLDR; Oracle Cloud doesn’t work in China. Websites built with Oracle Cloud CMS load in 45+ seconds and have broken images and videos. Many Oracle Cloud sites are not even accessible in China. This article explains why Oracle Cloud has poor performance in China and then provides you with the only solution to fix your existing Oracle Cloud site that is fully compliant with the laws in mainland China.


In this article, we will walk you through some speed tests we conducted to determine if Oracle Cloud Infrastructure works in China or not. Our staff conducted the tests in Shanghai (China Mainland) and Hong Kong (outside Mainland China) and we used 3rd party testing tools to ensure our tests weren’t biased.

By the end of this article, you should have a good understanding of Oracle Cloud and if it works in Mainland China or not. Also, you can contact us to get a free speed test of your OCI site for China.


What is Oracle Cloud Infrastructure?

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) is a platform of cloud services that enable businesses to build and run a wide range of applications.

OCI is one of the top Digital Experience Platforms by Forrester Wave in 2021.

Digital Experience Platforms by Forrester Wave in 2021
Digital Experience Platforms by Forrester Wave in 2021


Does Oracle Cloud work in China?

The short answer is no.

Below is the long answer if you want to understand why:

  1. Oracle Cloud claims to have Global coverage for your OCI site, but actually, China is not included as we’ll see below.

  2. If your business doesn’t have any legal licenses for your site and content in China, it is operating illegally in China.

Luckily we have put together solutions to make your business and Oracle site work in China.

Don’t just take our word. Let’s look at some popular websites powered by Oracle and see how well they work in China


How do we check if a website works in China or not?

There are two tests we need to perform to conclude if a website works in China.

  1. How fast is the site in Mainland China?
  2. Does the website operated by the business comply with the laws in China?

The second part of the test is a must for most businesses or organizations, not optional. If you are unsure why it’s a must, read Untold facts about ICP for China, and why you should get it.


Speed Tests Results

We picked 5 websites from Oracle’s global enterprise customers and considered these websites to follow Oracle’s best practices.

Then we follow the test questions mentioned earlier for each website and create a report with the following format:

Example of a fast website in China
Example of a fast website in China

1. A figure to see how fast the site performs across Mainland China.

This figure basically shows how fast the website loads across Mainland China (green = fast, red =slow)


2. A video to see the site’s performance in China visually.

We made a screen record of the website loading in Shanghai, China. This provides you with an intuitive way to see how fast the site visually loads and understand what people in China actually experience when they visit the website.


3. A yes-no check to see if the site complied with the laws in China.

If the site passes the legal check, it’s a green check. If it doesn’t pass, we will tell you why it doesn’t pass.

Now, let’s dive into the reports for each of the selected businesses using Oracle to power their sites.

 

Red Bull Racing, www.redbullracing.com

Red Bull Racing, also simply known as Red Bull or RBR, is a Formula One racing team, based in the United Kingdom. It is one of two Formula One teams owned by beverage company Red Bull GmbH.

From our speed test, people in China have difficulty viewing the images on the Red Bull Racing website. (that’s what the below figure means, red means unable to display images).

Red Bull's Access Speed is Slow if Accessible in China
Red Bull's Access Speed is Slow if Accessible in China

Here is a more intuitive way to see it, we screen-recorded the process when a user browses Red Bull’s Racing website in Shanghai, click the video below to see it in action:

If you visit Red Bull's Racing under China network conditions, you will see the above

Does Red Bull’s website comply with the laws in China?

No. It doesn’t pass our legal check because the business does not have an ICP license displayed at the footer of their website.

If you don’t know what an ICP license is, click here to learn more.

Finding if a website has an ICP license is pretty straightforward, just scroll to the bottom of the page, if you see a number like this (see below Nike’s websites for China), then the business behind the website has an ICP for China. If not, they don’t have it. You can check if your website has it or not.

Below is an example of Nike’s website in China, and its ICP number.

Nike's ICP Number for China
Nike's ICP Number for China





Similarly, we ran the same tests for the rest of the selected Oracle user’s websites.

 

The Hartford, www.thehartford.com

The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: HIG), usually known as The Hartford, is an investment and insurance company. The Hartford is a Fortune 500 company headquartered in the United States.

From our speed test, people in China will have difficulty viewing the images and opening them on The Hartfords’s website (that’s what the below figure means, red means unable to display images).

Images on The Hartford's website are not accessible in China
Images on The Hartford's website are not accessible in China

Here is a more intuitive way to see it, we screen-recorded the process when a user browses The Hartford’s website in Shanghai, click the video below to see it in action:

If you visit www.thehardford.com under China network conditions, you will see the above

Does The Hartford’s website comply with the laws in China?

No. It doesn’t pass our legal check because the business does not even have an ICP license at the footer of their website.

If you don’t know what an ICP license is, click here to learn more.




 

Snap Vision, www.snap.vision

Snap Vision is a UK based company that is revolutionising ecommerce with its world-class visual search tools.

From our speed test, people in China will have difficulty opening Snap Vision’s website (that’s what the below figure means, red means unable to display images).

Images on Snap Vision's website are not accessible in China
Images on Snap Vision's website are not accessible in China

Here is a more intuitive way to see it, we screen-recorded the process when a user browses Snap Vision’s website in Shanghai, click the video below to see it in action:

If you visit www.snap.vision under China network conditions, you will see the above

Does the Snap Vision’s websites comply with the laws in China?

No. It doesn’t pass our legal check because the international website does not have an ICP license at the footer of their website.

If you don’t know what an ICP license is, click here to learn more.




 

Kartell, www.kartell.com

Kartell is an Italian company that makes and sells plastic contemporary furniture. It is headquartered in Noviglio, Metropolitan City of Milan, Italy, and it is a subsidiary of Felofin

From our speed test, people in China have difficulty viewing the images on Kartell’s website. (that’s what the below figure means, red means unable to display images).

Kartell's Access Speed is Slow if Accessible in China
Kartell's Access Speed is Slow if Accessible in China

Here is a more intuitive way to see it, we screen-recorded the process when a user browses Kartell’s website in Shanghai, click the video below to see it in action:

If you visit www.kartell.com under China network conditions, you will see the above

Does Kartell’s websites comply with the laws in China?

No. It doesn’t pass our legal check because the website does not even have an ICP license at the footer of their website.

If you don’t know what an ICP license is, click here to learn more.




 

Lululemon Athletica, www.shop.lululemon.com

Lululemon Athletica (NYSE: LULU) is an American-Canadian multinational athletic apparel retailer. It was founded in 1998 as a retailer of yoga pants and other yoga wear, and has expanded to also sell athletic wear, lifestyle apparel, accessories, and personal care products. The company has 491 stores internationally, and also sells online.

From our speed test, people in China will have difficulty viewing the images and opening Lululemon’ website (that’s what the below figure means, red means unable to display images).

Lululemon' websites speed test across China
Lululemon' websites speed test across China

Here is a more intuitive way to see it, we screen-recorded the process when a user browses Lululemon’s website in Shanghai, click the video below to see it in action:

If you visit Lululemon' site under China network conditions, you will see the above

Does Lululemon’ website comply with the laws in China?

No. It doesn’t pass our legal check because the business does not even have an ICP license at the footer of their website.

If you don’t know what an ICP license is, click here to learn more.




 

FL Smidth, www.flsmidth.com

FLSmidth (FLS) is a Danish multinational engineering company based in Copenhagen, Denmark. With over 10,000 employees worldwide, it provides global cement and mineral industries with factories, machinery, services and know-how.

From our speed test, people in China have difficulty viewing the images on FL Smidth’s website. (that’s what the below figure means, red/orange means unable to display images).

FL Smidth's Access Speed is Slow if Accessible in China
FL Smidth's Access Speed is Slow if Accessible in China

Here is a more intuitive way to see it, we screen-recorded the process when a user browses FL Smidth’s website in Shanghai, click the video below to see it in action:

If you visit www.flsmidth.com under China network conditions, you will see the above

Does FL Smidth’s websites comply with the laws in China?

No. It doesn’t pass our legal check because the website does not even have an ICP license at the footer of their website.

If you don’t know what an ICP license is, click here to learn more.




 

Avery Dennison, sport.averydennison.com

Avery Dennison Corporation (AVY) is a multinational manufacturer and distributor of pressure-sensitive adhesive materials, apparel branding labels and tags, RFID inlays, and specialty medical products. The company is a member of the Fortune 500 and is headquartered in Glendale, California.

From our speed test, people in China have difficulty viewing the images on Avery Dennison’s website. (that’s what the below figure means, red/orange/grey means unable to display images).

Avery Dennison's Access Speed is Slow if Accessible in China
Avery Dennison's Access Speed is Slow if Accessible in China

Here is a more intuitive way to see it, we screen-recorded the process when a user browses Avery Dennison’s website in Shanghai, click the video below to see it in action:

If you visit sport.averydennison.com under China network conditions, you will see the above

Does Avery Dennison’s websites comply with the laws in China?

No. It doesn’t pass our legal check because the website does not even have an ICP license at the footer of their website.

If you don’t know what an ICP license is, click here to learn more.




 

Web Continental, www.webcontinental.com.br

Web Continental is a Brazilian base e-commerce company. They sell the everything from “Furniture & Appliances” category to “Toys, Hobby & DIY”.

From our speed test, people in China have difficulty viewing the images on Web Continental’s website. (that’s what the below figure means, red means unable to display images).

Web Continental's Access Speed is Slow if Accessible in China
Web Continental's Access Speed is Slow if Accessible in China

Here is a more intuitive way to see it, we screen-recorded the process when a user browses Web Continental’s website in Shanghai, click the video below to see it in action:

If you visit www.webcontinental.com.br under China network conditions, you will see the above

Does Web Continental’s websites comply with the laws in China?

No. It doesn’t pass our legal check because the website does not even have an ICP license at the footer of their website.

If you don’t know what an ICP license is, click here to learn more.




 

VideoJet, shop.videojet.com

VideoJet is a global leader in coding, marking, and printing systems, application-specific fluids, and digitally enabled solutions.

From our speed test, many people in China have difficulty viewing the images on VideoJet’s website. (that’s what the below figure means, grey means unable to display images).

VideoJet's Access Speed is Slow if Accessible in China
VideoJet's Access Speed is Slow if Accessible in China

Here is a more intuitive way to see it, we screen-recorded the process when a user browses VideoJet’s website in Shanghai, click the video below to see it in action:

If you visit shop.videojet.com* under China network conditions, you will see the above

Does VideoJet’s websites comply with the laws in China?

No. It doesn’t pass our legal check because the website does not even have an ICP license at the footer of their website.

If you don’t know what an ICP license is, click here to learn more.




 

Motorola, shop.motorolasolutions.com

Motorola, Inc. was an American multinational telecommunications company based in Schaumburg, Illinois, United States.

From our speed test, people in China have difficulty viewing the images on Motorola’s website. (that’s what the below figure means, red means unable to display images).

Motorola's Access Speed is Slow if Accessible in China
Motorola's Access Speed is Slow if Accessible in China

Here is a more intuitive way to see it, we screen-recorded the process when a user browses Motorola’s website in Shanghai, click the video below to see it in action:

If you visit shop.motorolasolutions.com under China network conditions, you will see the above

Does Motorola’s websites comply with the laws in China?

No. It doesn’t pass our legal check because the website does not even have an ICP license at the footer of their website.

If you don’t know what an ICP license is, click here to learn more.




In short, if your business is going to China, make sure your website passes the two tests we mentioned above to have a fast speed of first load and good viewing and browsing quality for your users in China.

Reducing page load time by 0.1 seconds will increase the conversion rate by 8%.

Google, Deloitte

If you need help going to China, please contact us, we are happy to help.