The city of Shenzhen, known as the ‘Silicon Valley of China’, has become the first in the world to deploy a fully autonomous 5G network, its mayor, Chen Rugui, was quoted as saying by the South China Morning Post.
Local media specify that the city, with more than 12 million inhabitants, has reached full coverage of an autonomous 5G network without relying on the existing 4G mobile phone infrastructure.
So far, Shenzhen has built more than 46,000 5G base stations, said Jia Xingdong, director of the city’s Department of Industry and Information Technology.
Although the average user may not necessarily notice the difference from a 5G network supported by 4G infrastructure, which have already provided an impressive boost to wireless data transmission speeds, a standalone 5G network, which requires more time and investment to introduce, is a huge asset. importance in industrial applications such as smart factories, reducing waiting time and improving performance.
Shenzhen is home to several technological giants, such as Huawei, ZTE, Tencent, a developer of video games and WeChat, or DJI, the world’s largest manufacturer of consumer drones, as well as numerous ‘start-ups’ specialized in hardware. Hence, the great interest in industrial applications of this technology.
Chinese ambitions in 5G are due in part to the great push given by the government, which has made the expansion of this technology a national strategic priority.
The country installed 410,000 5G base stations in its territory by the end of June and plans to exceed half a million this year to cover all cities above the prefecture level.
The competition presented by China in this technology has caused the United States to hinder the use of Chinese equipment in the construction of the 5G networks of the North American country. Likewise, Washington has also pressured its allies in Europe to close the doors of their national networks to the companies of the Asian giant.
Source – Noticias Costa Rica