China Moving Forward with 5G Technology Rollout

The Asia Pacific region seems to be hopping on the 5G technology bandwagon as many countries such as Malaysia, Vietnam, China and more are adopting the technology and moving ahead with its rollout.

During the Huawei Asia Pacific Innovation Day conference on 3rd September 2019 in Chengdu, China, experts, innovators, scholars, and policy-makers gathered to discuss how 5G technologies can be used to reimagine the environment.

GSMA Ltd’s Head of Greater China and Asia, Sihan Bo Chen said, “5G has become a reality. Numerous debates and discussions have taken place surrounding the matter and there have been lots of controversies. Regardless, we are in a 5G world; for China, Japan, South Korea and Australia, 5g is a reality.”

According to Chen, GSMA foresees more than half of the world’s 5G connections will be in the Asia Pacific region by 2025, of which China will account for one-third. Furthermore, 5G will contribute USD890 billion to the Asia Pacific economy over the next 15 years.

She highlighted that since the Chinese government started issuing 5G commercial licenses this past June; all three operators particularly China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom have announced 5G plans.

These plans include signing MOUs with local governments, setting up new 5G stations and testing bases, vertical application focuses, as well as branding strategies and investment funding.

As a matter of fact, GSMA believes that 75% of global operator CapEx will be spent on 5G networks by 2025. Chen shared that for the second quarter of 2019, 86 operators from 56 markets had released launch dates for mobile 5G services.

“Also, we are able to adapt to different scenarios with different 5G solutions. One of the 5G scenarios is that the convergence of big data, artificial intelligence (AI) and edge computing will write an unprecedented chapter of humankind,” she said.

She further elaborated, “5G is not only about building, but also about usage. I call on more partners to join in this group. I believe that Asian practices will inspire the rest of the world on 5G implementation.”

Chen revealed that 5G technology is utilized widely in smart manufacturing, the power sector, telemedicine and even in the agriculture field to improve the quality of life in China.

To conclude, the quality of life and the environment will be improved as we further explore the possibilities of 5G technology.

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