Tele­com gi­ants boost in­ter­net con­nec­tiv­ity at venue

China Daily European Weekly - - Cover Story - By HE WEI hewei@chi­nadaily.com.cn

China Mo­bile, China Tele­com and China Uni­com say they have com­pleted the ex­pan­sion of their wire­less com­mu­ni­ca­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties to al­low 300,000 peo­ple, the es­ti­mated daily max­i­mum, to ac­cess the in­ter­net at speeds of up to 170 megabits per se­cond us­ing mo­bile gad­gets at the up­com­ing China In­ter­na­tional Im­port Expo.

The event, to be held from Nov 5 to 10 at the Na­tional Ex­hi­bi­tion and Con­ven­tion Cen­ter in Shang­hai, will serve as a trial run for the su­per­fast 5G net­work that is ex­pected to be rolled out in the near fu­ture.

“The in­stal­la­tion of an en­hanced net­work needed to be fin­ished within three months, which was quite an ur­gent task given that it would nor­mally take three years to com­plete a project of this mag­ni­tude,” says Weng Zhenx­i­ang, who works in the en­gi­neer­ing depart­ment of China Mo­bile’s Shang­hai branch.

Vis­i­tors to large events such as the CIIE of­ten face is­sues with call con­nec­tiv­ity and slow data speeds due to a high con­cen­tra­tion of call vol­ume and data us­age. To tackle this prob­lem, China Mo­bile has in­stalled 3,000 sig­nal boost­ers at the expo site’s 34 ex­hi­bi­tion halls and sur­round­ing ar­eas to bol­ster net­work cov­er­age, ac­cord­ing to Weng.

Mean­while, China Uni­com has set up five 5G base sta­tions in se­lected ex­hi­bi­tion halls and ar­eas to show­case the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the nextgen­er­a­tion net­work, which is many times faster than cur­rent speeds.

Ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease from China Uni­com’s Shang­hai branch, the com­pany will fa­cil­i­tate the broad­cast of CIIE-re­lated events in news­rooms us­ing the 5G net­work. It said the in­ter­net connection in the venue has been up­graded to the IPv6 pro­to­col, which sup­ports more ad­dresses than its IPv4 pre­de­ces­sor and thus al­lows more de­vices to be con­nected to the in­ter­net.

Shang­hai is sprint­ing ahead to adopt some of the world’s in­ter­net best prac­tices. The city has an­nounced that it has com­pleted a gi­ga­bit broad­band net­work. This means that cus­tomers of China Tel­com, the car­rier be­hind this 1 bil­lion yuan ($144 mil­lion; 126 mil­lion eu­ros; £112 mil­lion) net­work, can en­joy faster broad­band speeds of up to 10 gi­ga­bits per se­cond while at home.

“Be­com­ing the first gi­ga­bit city demon­strates Shang­hai’s bid to turn China into a cy­ber­power,” says Ma Yimin, gen­eral manager of China Tele­com’s Shang­hai branch.

“Life in Shang­hai has be­come eas­ier thanks to higher in­ter­net speeds, smarter in­fra­struc­ture and bet­ter ac­ces­si­bil­ity to the world through tech­nolo­gies.”

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