Private 5G network license to hasten development of industrial internet

Visitors watch a demonstration of 5G tech in production at the China 5G Internet and Industrial Conference 2022 in Wuhan, Hubei province. [GAO YONG/FOR CHINA DAILY]

China has granted the first private license for a 5G network to Commercial Aircraft Corp of China, the manufacturer of the country’s first single-engine passenger plane, the C919, for 5G connectivity at its plants.

The move is part of China’s broader plan to expand the use of 5G internet and industry, a frontier widely seen by countries around the world as key to improving manufacturing capabilities.

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the country’s top industry regulator, said it granted COMAC China’s first private 5G company license to use the dedicated wireless industry bands of 5925-6125 megahertz and 24.750-25.15 gigahertz, with high speed and low latency.

As manufacturers talk about modernization, automation and digitization, private 5G networks allow companies to manage resources and outsource their networks. They can also store important sensitive information on their networks and not have to send the information to telecom operators, said a report from Swedish telecommunications equipment maker Ericsson.

MIIT announced the initiative at the 2022 China 5G plus Industrial Internet conference, which was held from Saturday to Monday in Wuhan, Hubei province.

Zhang Yunming, vice minister of MIIT, said that the industrial Internet is the key infrastructure and the new industrial ecosystem for the deep integration of new generation information technology and the industrial economy.

New developments in the 5G plus industrial Internet drive businesses to improve quality, reduce costs, increase efficiency, and promote green and safe development. It also opens up a new way to improve traditional industrial technology, and accelerate the implementation and popularization of new production methods, Zhang said.

“More efforts will be made to establish fully connected industrial standards for 5G.”

The value-added output of the Internet industry is expected to reach 4.45 trillion yuan ($617 billion) this year, accounting for 3.64 percent of GDP and rising from 4.10 trillion yuan in 2021, it said. a recent report by the China Academy of Industrial Internet.

The industrial Internet will help promote the development of China’s employment structure and stabilize employment, which will help create more than a million new jobs this year, the report said.

At present, all major economies are prioritizing the development of manufacturing, and have issued a series of strategic measures to improve manufacturing to focus on the digital, online and intelligent era, experts said.

Lu Chuncong, head of the China Academy of Industrial Internet, said that cooperation in different fields is important to speed up the development of the industrial Internet. Industrial enterprises, telecommunications enterprises, software enterprises and industrial control enterprises need to cooperate deeply to strengthen basic technology research.

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