Chinese online English tutoring service 51Talk announced today that it has acquired rival 91Waijiao.

English training, exam preparation and professional qualifications are booming areas in China’s online education market. 51Talk, 91Waijiao and a number of other online English tutoring services all do the same thing: connecting Chinese users and native English speakers via online video chat services.

Other major players in the sector include VIPABC, which announced a US$100 million round of funding from investors including Alibaba Group in early last year.

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Tracey Xiang is Beijing, China-based tech writer. Reach her at traceyxiang@gmail.com