"5G + everything" Chinese break out of the new world of digital life

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China News Network Beijing, October 3, 2017 Title: "Ten Years of Chinese Style" "5G + all things", Chinese break out of the new world of digital life

Reporter Song Yusheng

"The peak 5G signal is particularly good." In May 2020, climbers made phone calls over 5G networks at the summit of Mount Everest. The high-definition video footage of the mountaineering team climbing to the top is also shared in real time around the world through the 5G network.

This year, the world's highest 5G base station, the 5G base station located at the 6500-meter forward camp on Mount Everest, was put into use. In the same year, China's 5G was 534 meters underground, and the country's first coal mine underground 5G network was completed, creating a record for the world's deepest underground 5G network.

Within a year of commercial use, China's 5G has created a record of "going up the mountain" and "entering the ground". Now, three years later, how widespread is China's 5G coverage?

"5G + everything" Chinese break out of the new world of digital life

The world's largest 5G network

In 2019, China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology issued 5G licenses to operators, opening the prelude to the first year of 5G commercialization. In the same year, the three major operators officially announced the 5G package tariff, and the 5G commercial process in China was fully launched.

At that time, foreign media pointed out that this marked a key step on China's road to becoming a technological superpower. The BBC directly reported on the development of 5G in China under the title of "China Launches 'World's Largest 5G Network'".

After the issuance of 5G licenses, China's 5G network construction has entered the "fast lane", and China has accelerated into the era of Internet of Everything.

In July of that year, Monaco became the first country in the world to have full coverage of 5G networks. In the process, the Chinese company has become one of Monaco's most reliable partners.

Since then, the outbreak of the new crown pneumonia epidemic has allowed the world to see the forward-looking layout of China's 5G layout.

In 2020, Reuters reported that "China has withstood this test of network load during the epidemic, and it is obvious that the moderate and advanced construction of the network is indispensable." This also gives everyone a taste of the sweetness of 5G networks. ”

Hong Kong's South China Morning Post article believes that after the outbreak of the epidemic, a large number of users need faster network connectivity and low latency to support a variety of applications, such as live broadcasting and remote conferencing, and the long-term development of China's 5G mobile service industry will be accelerated.

According to a report released by the Broadband Development Alliance, in the fourth quarter of 2021, the comprehensive average download rate of China's mobile broadband users when using mobile broadband networks to access the Internet has reached 59.34Mbit/s. This figure was less than 20 Mbit/s in 2017.

"5G + everything" Chinese break out of the new world of digital life

Data Chart Photo by China News Service reporter Chen Jimin

Hard-won 5G leadership

This "new world" of digital life is Chinese break through.

Once upon a time, China Mobile's communications business fell behind for a long time. Since the 1980s, a new generation of revolutionary technologies has emerged in mobile communications every 10 years. But the starting 1G is almost a blank slate for China.

There are reports that China's mobile communication technology before 5G has been sorted out like this: in 1987, China officially entered the 1G era, and the shape of "big brother" was deeply rooted in the hearts of the people, but the core technology and standards were firmly grasped by foreign companies; In 1994, 2G landed in China, sending text messages became possible, and mobile phones became more and more civilian; In 2009, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology issued 3G licenses, higher bandwidth and more stable transmission speed made mobile Internet a reality, and domestic mobile phones followed the trend; In 2013, 4G licenses arrived as scheduled, and China's self-developed TD-LTE standard was widely used, giving birth to new formats such as mobile payment and short video.

From "3G breakthrough", "4G synchronization" to "5G leadership", in this decade, China Mobile's communication technology has finally completed the process from "catching up" to "leading".

According to the data, Chinese companies have declared that the proportion of 5G standard essential patents has reached 38.2%, and the application cases of the 5G industry have accumulated more than 20,000.

In today's China, 5G is interconnected with everything: 5G + Industrial Internet, 5G + Education, 5G + Healthcare, 5G + Agriculture, 5G + Transportation, 5G + Energy, 5G + VR, 5G + AI...

"5G + everything" Chinese break out of the new world of digital life

The 5G life envied by foreign netizens

The large coverage of 5G technology in China has also made foreign netizens envious.

In 2019, on YouTube, a video "Remote ethnic group rises above poverty in Yunnan" (China) received rave reviews. It records the contrast between the past and the present of the life of the Dulong ethnic minority in China.

The main settlement of the Dulong ethnic group is Dulongjiang Township, Yunnan, which is deep in the canyon and has harsh natural conditions. In the early days of the founding of New China, the Dulong people "stepped forward one millennium" and directly transitioned from the end of primitive society to socialist society. When the world enters the digital age, can the Dulong Clan still keep up with the pace of the times?

Many netizens found in the video that such a remote village actually has 5G, and many people express envy.

Since 2019, efforts to bridge the "digital divide" with 5G technology have continued. In July this year, six administrative villages in Dulongjiang Township achieved full coverage of 5G networks. E-commerce, live streaming and goods, the products of the digital age, are gradually integrating into the daily lives of locals.

Singapore's Lianhe Zaobao noted that more and more bloggers are active in the field of short video platform "Three Rural Areas" in China.

This depends on the leapfrog development of China's information infrastructure in the past decade.

Data show that at present, the number of 5G base stations opened in China and the number of mobile phone users are the first in the world. By the end of July, 1.968 million 5G base stations had been completed and opened nationwide, 5G network coverage had been achieved in all prefecture-level urban areas, county towns and 96% of townships and towns, and 5G mobile phone subscribers had reached 475 million, a net increase of 120 million over the end of 2021.

In the National Museum of China's "100 Years of Great Change – Sculpture Exhibition," a sculpture titled "The 5G Era" chronicles concrete moments of digital life in contemporary Chinese countryside — two elderly people sitting happily on a stone moat the head of the village, holding their mobile phones aloft and video calling with relatives in distant places.

Of course, frozen in the sculpture together, there is also the unique Chinese 5G imprint of this era. (End)

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