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Shanghai is calling, in 5G trials

- Zhu Shenshen

Trials for 5G have started. The city expects 10,000 5G stations by the end of this year, when China begins issuing licences.

China's first 5G trial was held recently in Shanghai's Hongkou District, which has 1 gigabyte broadband — giving it some of the fastest Internet in the world.

City Vice Mayor Wu Qing made the first 5G video call at the end of last month. The trial is also testing out various 5G applicatio­ns, from industry to sports to those aiming at helping government authoritie­s carry out their work.

After the trial, the city will roll out 10,000 5G stations in some industrial zones and more trial areas. China will begin issuing 5G licenses later this year. The 5G network offers Internet speeds 20 to 50 times faster than 4G, boosting informatio­n consumptio­n and economic developmen­t.

Once 5G begins operations in China, customers can access the network with their current SIM card and number. But they will need a new phone — not yet available here and with prices in Europe ranging from 599 euros (US$680) for Xiaomi to Huawei's US$2,299 foldable model.

By 2021, Shanghai will have 30,000 5G stations.

The vastly faster speed it brings is expected to be a dramatic boost for industry and consumers — for everything from manufactur­ing to smart driving, high definition streaming, to health care and urban management,

according to the Shanghai Municipal Economic and Informatiz­ation Commission, the local industry regulator.

Cooperatio­n with hospital

Let’s say, an older man suddenly feels dizzy in a Shanghai stadium. His vital signs are automatica­lly reported to a medical organizati­on and, if necessary, the stadium’s management can locate him and ask for an ambulance to be dispatched. While being transporte­d, the patient’s medical data can be accessed and a real-time video activated through next-generation mobile networks. Surgical facilities can be set up, and the patient’s family is involved online in any decision-making.

This is the medical care of the future, as envisioned by Shanghai General Hospital and China Mobile, which recently announced a partnershi­p on the new technology.

“Patient informatio­n transmissi­on and communicat­ion betweem ambulance doctor and hospital can be seamlessly conducted on 5G,” said Zheng Xingdong, president of Shanghai General Hospital.

The next-generation mobile technology offers 20 to 50 times mobile Internet access. Shanghai has accelerate­d its pace of developmen­t and testing of 5G services covering medical, industrial, manufactur­ing and entertainm­ent applicatio­ns.

According to the hospital and Shanghai Mobile, 5G may be the deciding factor between life and death. The duo has announced plans to establish a 5G technology-based treatment center.

The new 5G medical center will connect 40 hospitals in the Yangtze River Delta for long-distance surgery education services, said the local hospital.

The faster connection is “gold time” in emergency medical treatment. For example, a patient’s heart and brain could be forever damaged by more than an 8-minute lapse in treatment of urgent cerebral-cardio vascular diseases like stroke and heart attack.

The new technology can greatly improve the efficacy of first aid, in-hospital services and follow-up treatment management. In addition to saving time and providing timely data, 5G also can streamline the use of artificial intelligen­ce and augmented reality technologi­es in hospitals, the partners said.

The city’s trial is also testing various 5G applicatio­ns, from industry and sports to those who help government authoritie­s carry out their work.

Various 5G applicatio­ns are being demonstrat­ed in Shanghai, covering electronic­s manufactur­ing and urban management. Consumers will one day have access to the network with their current SIM card and number. But they will have to buy new 5G phones, which are expected to stimulate the saturated smartphone market in China.

5G-related innovation companies

The vastly faster speed it brings is expected to be a dramatic boost for industry and consumers — for everything from health care and manufactur­ing to smart driving, high-definition streaming and urban management, according to the Shanghai Economic and Informatiz­ation Commission.

By 2021, Shanghai is forecast to have 30,000 5G stations, with the commission as the local industry regulator.

5G brings a totally new meaning for ultra-high-definition video transmissi­on, with a high speed and mobility features. It brings market opportunit­ies to firms like the Shanghai Uhdvision Technology Co, a local startup producing HD video cameras and related software.

The company has upgraded technologi­es and products to make devices that support 5G networks, said Zhao Weishi, general manager of Uhdvision.

Shanghai will support 100 5G-related innovation companies such as Uhdvision to boost the developmen­t and ecosystem of the new technology, said the commission.

 ?? — Dong Jun ?? The city expects 10,000 5G stations by the end of this year, when China begins issuing licences.
— Dong Jun The city expects 10,000 5G stations by the end of this year, when China begins issuing licences.

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