Guangdong has announced that three cities have been approved to establish specially designated 5G Industrial Parks. They are: Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Shantou.
These parks are where more resources will be devoted to creating clusters of companies engaged in cutting-edge development of applications and services build on the new super-fast network standard, according to local media.
As explained by Guangdong’s Department of Industry and Information Technology, the parks must be “industrial development clusters” each covering an area of no less than 66,700 sqm, with multiple areas and zones for various sectors. They are expected to attract only large-scale companies, those boasting annual output of more than 100 million yuan. R&D facilities will be heavily featured.
The locations were chosen based on applications from the city governments, including submissions from Shenzhen’s Nanshan district, home to a number of China’s tech giants. Guangzhou, meanwhile, already has plans to spread 5G facilities across the city, including three “core bases” in Guangzhou Science City, Sino-Singapore Knowledge City and Tianhe Software Park, two “relevant bases” in Pazhou of Haizhu district, and six “derived bases” in six other districts including Huangpu and Nansha, according to Nanfang Daily.
Shenzhen and Shantou have yet to release detailed plans for their own industrial parks. Shantou, on the eastern coast of Guangdong, plans to deploy 4,119 5G base stations by the end of next year, and 8,892 by the end of 2022 with a 5G network covering the whole city.