Private 5G network license to hasten development of industrial internet

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

China has granted 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 deployment of 5G plus industrial internet, a frontier widely seen in countries around the world as a key objective to boost manufacturing capacity.

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

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

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

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

The innovative development of 5G plus industrial internet drives enterprises to improve quality, reduce costs, increase efficiency, and promote green and safe development. It also paves a new path for upgrading traditional industrial technologies, and accelerates the implementation and development of new production methods, Zhang said.

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

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

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

Currently, all major economies are prioritizing the development of manufacturing, and have implemented a series of strategic measures to upgrade manufacturing to make it more digital, internet-connected and smarter, said experts.

Lu Chuncong, head of the Industrial Internet Academy of China, said teamwork across different sectors is key to accelerating the development of the industrial internet. Industrial enterprises, telecommunications enterprises, software enterprises and industrial control enterprises must cooperate deeply to strengthen the research of core technologies.


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