After three years of commercial use of 5G, Chinese companies eye next-generation network

A media professional tries out 5G-powered virtual driving during the 2021 5G World Convention in Beijing, capital of China, Aug. 31, 2021. (Xinhua/Xinhua)

Only three years ago, Chinese telecommunications authorities granted the first batch of 5G licenses for commercial use. Three years later, with more than 1.6 million base stations installed nationwide and the number of 5G mobile phone users far exceeding 410 million, the large-scale application of 5G in China is entered a critical period, feeding a huge economic driving force, companies and experts said. In Monday.

After the initial success of 5G, Chinese companies aim to seize the benefits and explore the next generation of mobile network.

“Based on the successful experience of 5G development and pioneering spirit, we will take the lead in exploring ‘5.5G’ industries,” said Wang Tao, general manager and president of products and solutions. Huawei ICT at an industry summit co-hosted by China Mobile, Huawei and other major industry players on Monday.

China has become the first country to build a 5G network based on the scale of its independent networking mode. Many industry players have made remarkable achievements. For example, major telecom operator China Mobile has opened more than 850,000 base stations, a third of the world’s total, according to a statement sent to the Global Times by the company on Monday.

In addition to a mega network deployment and a colossal user base, China Mobile has launched a project integrating 5G with China-developed BeiDou Navigation Satellite System, providing high-precision positioning service for autonomous driving and other fields.

China Mobile also launched the world’s first drone-5G base station to urgently rebuild a network after a disastrous rainstorm in central China’s Henan last July.

Over the past three years, 5G applications have expanded significantly, covering transportation, medical care, education, culture and tourism and many other fields, with more than 20,000 applications, according to the Ministry of Health. Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).

Behind these achievements are the advanced research and development (R&D) capabilities that Chinese companies have accumulated. Despite years of repression by the United States and its allies, Huawei has remained the largest holder of 5G patents worldwide.

As a country, China holds the largest share of 5G patents in the world, accounting for 26.79% of the total, followed by South Korea and the United States, according to some reports.

MIIT and other departments aim to accelerate the construction of 5G and other types of digital infrastructure. They want China to seize the critical period of large-scale 5G applications, focusing on three areas: new information consumption, real economy, and people’s livelihood services.

“The application of 5G technology is already invigorating the economy, ranging from the direct economic benefits of hardware deployment to epidemic prevention and online education and labor promotion,” said Ma Jihua, a veteran Of the industry.

“More importantly, it plays a crucial role in the industrial upgrading of China’s manufacturing industry,” Ma told the Global Times on Monday.

Based on the world’s largest network deployment and user bases, 5G applications are expected to see explosive growth in the coming years, facilitating the growth of various industries, Ma said.

As a leader in 5G, China has developed leading advantages in almost all aspects, and the country is in a leading position in the R&D of next-generation networks, Ma added.

By accelerating 5.5G technology innovation, integrating computer clusters and exploring 5.5G industrial applications, it will support the high-quality development of the digital economy, Wang said.