Com­pa­nies to cham­pion tele­com in­fra cre­ation 4.4

China Daily (USA) - - LIFE / PEOPLE - By HOULIQIANG in­Wuzhen, Zhe­jiang houliqiang@chi­

China’s Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive of­fers ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­ni­ties for the coun­tries in­volved to im­prove their telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion net­work in­fra­struc­ture with Chi­nese in­vest­ment, said of­fi­cials and com­pany ex­ec­u­tives dur­ing the thirdWorld In­ter­net Con­fer­ence.

The ini­tia­tive is the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment’s at­tempt to strengthen re­gional and global co­op­er­a­tion and meet the de­vel­op­ment needs of coun­tries and re­gions along the Belt and Road route, said Chen Zhaox­iong, vice min­is­ter of in­dus­try and in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy, while ad­dress­ing a fo­rum on “Belt and Road In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy” at the con­fer­ence.

“The in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion net­work has be­come im­por­tant in­fra­struc­ture” and “it’s of great sig­nif­i­cance” to dis­cuss “net­work con­struc­tion, ser­vices and ap­pli­ca­tions and dig­i­tal econ­omy” to deepen ex­changes and co­op­er­a­tion, and push for­ward peo­ple cov­ered by the Belt andRoad Ini­tia­tive the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive, he said.

The Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive cov­ers 4.4 bil­lion peo­ple in 65 coun­tries and re­gions across three con­ti­nents. Most of the coun­tries, how­ever, are de­vel­op­ing or emerg­ing economies that lag in in­for­ma­tion and tele­com in­fra­struc­ture, said Yang Xiaowei, gen­eral man­ager of China Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Cor­po­ra­tion.

He said it is the mis­sion of the Chi­nese tele­com op­er­a­tors to nar­row the “gap” be­tween lat­est tech­nol­ogy and peo­ple with­out ac­cess to it, and make peo­ple all over the world part of the in­for­ma­tion civ­i­liza­tion.

To ful­fill the mis­sion, China Tele­com will give pri­or­ity to build­ing four cross-coun­try high-speed in­for­ma­tion cor­ri­dors, in­clud­ing one in Africa, to help coun­tries in­volved in the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive to im­prove their data trans­mis­sion qual­ity, he said.

With the ex­pe­ri­ence of build­ing an op­tic fiber cable net­work in China, the com­pany will proac­tively par­tic­i­pate in the con­struc­tion of a net­work in Africa that will con­nect 48 coun­tries with a col­lec­tive pop­u­la­tion of 1 bil­lion.

A fo­rum — “Net­work Con­nec­tion Pro­motes Heart Con­nec­tion”— at the con­fer­ence sought to build con­sen­sus on de­vel­op­ment, and stressed the need to in­ten­sify co­op­er­a­tion for build­ing bet­ter com­mu­ni­ca­tion in­fra­struc­ture that can boost trade ex­changes and cul­tural ties.

The am­bi­tious Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive, com­pris­ing the Silk Road Eco­nomic Belt and 21st Cen­tury Mar­itime Silk Road ini­tia­tives, was launched by PresidentXi Jin­ping in 2013 to string vast transcon­ti­nen­tal swathes with a com­mon eco­nomic thread. The ini­tia­tives have helped com­pa­nies world­wide to ex­pand their busi­ness and ac­cess new­mar­kets.

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