Private 5G network license to hasten development of industrial internet

Visitors watch a demonstration of the application of 5G technology during the 2022 China 5G plus Industrial Internet Conference in Wuhan, Hubei province. [GAO YONG/FOR CHINA DAILY]

China has awarded the first private 5G network license to Commercial Aircraft Corp of China, maker of the country’s first self-developed single-aisle passenger jet, the C919, for 5G connectivity in its plants.

The move is part of China’s broader push to expand the application of 5G plus industrial internet, a frontier widely seen by countries around the world as key to improving manufacturing efficiency.

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

As manufacturers respond to modernization, automation and digitalization, private 5G networks will enable companies to control resources and deploy their own networks. They can also securely store important sensitive data on their own networks and not have to send the information to telecom operators, said a report from Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson.

MIIT announced the move at the 2022 China 5G plus Industrial Internet Conference, held from Saturday to Monday in Wuhan, Hubei province.

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

The recent development of 5G plus industrial internet has pushed businesses to improve quality, reduce costs, increase efficiency, and promote green and safe development. It also provides a new path for upgrading traditional industrial technologies, and facilitates the implementation and popularization of new production methods, Zhang said.

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

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

The industrial internet will help promote the development of China’s employment structure and strengthen employment, helping to create more than 1 million new jobs this year, the report said.

At present, all major economies prioritize the development of manufacturing, and have launched a series of strategic steps to upgrade manufacturing to make it more digital era-oriented, internet-connected and intelligent, according to experts.

Lu Chuncong, head of the China Academy of Industrial Internet, said cooperation among different sectors is important to speed up the development of the industrial internet. Industrial enterprises, telecom enterprises, software enterprises and industrial control enterprises should work closely together to strengthen the research of key technologies.

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