Shenzhen has sky-high ambitions for its commercial satellite industry, following the success of the “Shenzhen Star” project in 2020. According to official media, the city government has compiled a plan to encourage the integration of satellite research efforts with various other industries to create “unique application scenarios”. Special focus will be given to innovative applications that make use of satellites in transportation and logistics, marine economy, natural resources, urban safety, and environmental protection, among others. Grants of up to 30 million yuan will be awarded to promising candidates.
At the same time, significant funding will be given to companies engaged in the construction and operation of “civil space infrastructure,” with special focus on the creation of an autonomous global high-throughput broadband satellite communication system and regional remote sensing networks, with awards of up to 200 million yuan.
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Shenzhen has reached its initial target of 15,000 5G base stations ahead of schedule, hitting the goal yesterday, according to local media.
It probably helps that Shenzhen is the home city of network-gear giants Huawei and ZTE. But it should also be noted that the city rolled out a series of lucrative incentives to other developers in order to reach its goal. These included cold, hard cash – 10,000 yuan for every base station opened – as well as subsidies of up to 150 million yuan for operators who pulled the networks together.
By August next year, 45,000 base stations are expected to have been built, achieving full coverage of the city. This density will lead the country, and provide fertile ground for the development of 5G-related applications.
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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.
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Guangzhou’s Huangpu District has a plan for building a strong cluster of companies around 5G-enabled products and services. It includes subsidies and rewards of up to 5 million yuan per company, according to local media.
Those developing core technologies such as high-end microchips, components, and new 5G terminals are in line for up to 3 million yuan in “cultivation rewards”. They can also apply for a one-time subsidy of 300,000 yuan per staff hired that meets the city government’s standards for “talent”.
On top of that, successful companies generating sales of more than 100 million yuan can get rewards of up to 2 million yuan.
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China has officially entered the 5G era, with the pilot cities of Guangzhou and Shenzhen firmly in the vanguard. China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom have unveiled 5G plans based on transmission speeds in both cities, where coverage is ramping up quickly. These range between RMB128 and RMB 599 a month.
Applications and handsets are expected to grow fast in both cities. Guangdong has built 21,473 5G base stations, first in the country, including 10,626 in Guangzhou and 9,504 in Shenzhen. Dongguan and Foshan also have some, and the rest of the GBA cities will be ramping up in the coming months. By the end of this year, Guangdong’s total is expected to hit 34,800.
For 5G commercial services, applications will be very different than what has come before, thanks to high speeds, low latency and wider range of connections. Much focus is being placed on ultra-high definition video, VR (virtual reality), AR (augmented reality) and AIOT (Artificial Intelligence Internet of Things).
Continue reading Guangdong leads in 5G rollout
Baoan full-speed 5G: Shenzhen’s Baoan district, which includes the international
airport and the new Shenzhen World expo center, will have its major facilities
covered by 5G before the end of this year, with full coverage by August 2020, Shenzhen
Daily reports. The district is currently at 41% coverage, and will build
3,684 5G base stations this year, covering the airport, expo center and Metro
Guangfo Line 2020: The much-anticipated Guangzhou-Foshan Intercity
Railway, known as the Guangfo Line, will open in March 2020. This will connect six
stations in Foshan with the Guangzhou South hub, effectively bringing all of Foshan’s
key towns within easy reach from Shenzhen and Hong Kong. Read more.
Dongguan ferries to Macau:
Dongguan’s Humen district now runs ferries directly to the Taipa Ferry Terminal
in Macau, which serves the major casinos in Cotai. The journey takes 100
minutes and there are four sailings daily. See
India flights: Guangzhou
will soon begin a direct flight to the Indian city of Kolkata. Read more.
Guangdong has put its first vocational school on a 5G network, choosing the Guangdong Science and Technology Vocational College, based in Zhuhai.
According to local media, the Guangzhou-based college’s “Campus 5G Innovation Application Experience Center” is busy implementing advanced mobile VR/AR applications, allowing students to watch high-definition video in real-time, and rolling out a series of smartphone-based artificial intelligence apps. This is believed to be the first “talent training base” for 5G-based R&D work among the province’s vocational colleges.
The project has been in the making since July, apparently. With the support of Huawei Technologies and the Zhuhai branch of China Telecom, the center is now fully 5G-enabled and plans to start offering courses for students. It will also cooperate with corporates to test and further research their ideas for 5G-related projects. The college plans to work closely with companies clustered in the Zhuhai Software Park, it said.
It seems only fitting that the neighbourhood of Shenzhen once renowned for knockoffs of IT gadgets is today the first to switch over to 5G.
Huaqiangbei, which has cleaned up its piracy act in recent years, is still a must-visit place in Shenzhen for anyone wanting to see what a Chinese electronics market looks like. The place is insanely packed and carries every piece of equipment that could remotely be called electronic. Now, it is the country’s first “city block” to be fully 5G-operational, which allows it to host demonstrations of all sorts of new, high-bandwidth applications.
According to the Shenzhen Daily News, the three major telco operators have set up the main base stations in the area and are now laying indoor sub-base stations inside the major malls and shops. These include SEG, Huaqiang, Gome, Suning, Shundian, Maoye and others.
Already working are some outdoor applications around the market’s main areas, while an indoor “experience pavilion” is under way. Some of these include: VR-based interactive games, 360-degree 8K panoramic VR live broadcast, remote driving, VR-based cloud games, remote ultrasound diagnosis, 3D vision screening, AR industrial inspection, AI face recognition.
We will get across their soon and shoot a video of it. Stay tuned.
Shenzhen has become
the first city in China to use a 5G network in its healthcare system, switching
on the new network this week in the Shenzhen People’s Hospital.
Quoted by the Shenzhen Daily, Qiu Chen, the hospital’s
chief, said he was mightily pleased by the demonstration, as he was taken on a
“video ward rounds” exercise.
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Passengers taking the high-speed railway between Guangzhou and Hong Kong will soon be in for a treat. Before the next Spring Festival (known to foreigners as Chinese New Year), the train journey will be experienced almost entirely on a 5G network.
Continue reading HK-GZ bullet train to debut 5G