Big four fo­cus on Yangtze 5G tech­nol­ogy project

China Daily European Weekly - - China News - By MA SI masi@chi­

China’s big four tele­com com­pa­nies will in­vest more than 200 bil­lion yuan ($31 bil­lion; 26 bil­lion eu­ros; £23 bil­lion) in four years to build up cut­ting-edge in­for­ma­tion in­fra­struc­ture for fifth-gen­er­a­tion mo­bile com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nol­ogy in the na­tion’s Yangtze River Delta re­gion.

China Mo­bile, China Uni­com, China Tele­com and China Tower Corp said they will build up a glob­ally pi­o­neer­ing 5G ap­pli­ca­tion net­work across the Yangtze River Delta re­gion by 2021, as part of a deal that they have inked with au­thor­i­ties from Shang­hai and the three neigh­bor­ing prov­inces of Zhe­jiang, Jiangsu and An­hui.

Un­der the part­ner­ship, the four com­pa­nies plan to build the world’s largest 5G field trial net­work in the re­gion this year. In 2019, the Yangtze River Delta re­gion will be among the first to ac­cess pre-com­mer­cial 5G ser­vices be­fore tele­com com­pa­nies for­mally roll out the net­work in 2020, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from the Shang­hai Com­mis­sion of Econ­omy and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy.

The plan is part of China’s broader push to lead the world in the ap­pli­ca­tion of 5G, a su­per­fast tech­nol­ogy that can al­low con­sumers to down­load an 8-gi­ga­bit movie in sec­onds and have ac­cess to ser­vices such as au­tonomous cars and re­mote surgery.

The first ver­sion of global stan­dards on 5G is ex­pected to come out this month, lay­ing a foun­da­tion for global com­pa­nies to be­gin build­ing large-scale 5G net­works.

Huang Yuhong, deputy head of the China Mo­bile Re­search In­sti­tute, says 5G will no longer be a sim­ple tech­nol­ogy or a sys­tem. In­stead, it will be a plat­form on which the tele­com in­dus­try needs to be deeply linked with other sec­tors. That is the fun­da­men­tal be­tween 5G and 4G.

Ac­cord­ing to CCID Con­sult­ing, the mar­ket size of China’s 5G in­dus­try is ex­pected to reach 1.15 tril­lion yuan by 2026 — 50 per­cent greater than its 4G mar­ket. dif­fer­ence

Wang Zhiqin, vice-pres­i­dent of the China Academy of In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Tech­nol­ogy, has said China lagged be­hind some other coun­tries in build­ing 3G and 4G net­works. But with 5G, it is rac­ing ahead in re­search and de­vel­op­ment, as well as trial ap­pli­ca­tions.

The coun­try is likely to is­sue 5G li­censes to tele­com car­ri­ers in the sec­ond half of next year at the ear­li­est, and will be among the first in the world to is­sue 5G li­censes, Wang said ear­lier this year.

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