Chinese major telecom operators announce 5G development strategies

admin   •   June 28, 2018   •   4148

 

FILE PHOTO: A man walks past the China Mobile logo at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, February 28, 2018. REUTERS/Sergio Perez

Chinese major telecom operators — China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Telecom— announced their strategies of 5G development at the Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2018 on Wednesday.

The telecom giants are doing the final round of tests for the commercial use of 5G technology after the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) announced the completion of its standalone (SA) Release 15 5G specifications earlier this month, paving the way for 5G commercialization.

So far, the operators have finished 5G performance test indoors and outdoors and data transmission rate of a single terminal can reach as high as 3 gigabytes per second.

“China Mobile is doing large-scale experiments in five cities including Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Wuhan, and the base stations of each lab are about 100. We can learn some experience about commercial use through such experiments and move toward the goal of achieving commercial use in 2020,” said Zhang Tongxu, dean of the China Mobile Research Institute.

China Unicom also plans to apply 5G technology to commercial use in 2020.

“So far, we are doing experiments in 600 labs of 16 cities. In 2019 we will do application experiments and trial commercial operation and in 2020 the technology will be in commercial use,” said Zhang Yong, dean of the Network Technology Research Institute under China Unicom.

Zhang Yong added China Unicom, a partner of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, will use the 5G technology during the sports event to ensure telecommunications.

China Telecom released a white paper on its 5G technology, the world’s first telecom operator to illustrate its overall layout for the new technology.

“The white paper proposes the overall strategies of the China Telecom to push forward the 5G network. The 4G network will co-exist with the 5G one for a long time and the 5G network development should take a full advantage of the company’s fixed-line resources and infrastructure like optical cables to build a network integrating the fixed and mobile networks,” said Cao Lei, an official from the China Telecom. — Reuters

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UNTV News   •   July 8, 2020

If the United States were willing to reduce its nuclear arsenal to China’s level, China would “be happy to” participate in trilateral arms control negotiation with the U.S and Russia, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Wednesday (July 8).

The U.S. has repeatedly called for China to join in trilateral negotiations to extend a flagship nuclear arms treaty between the U.S. and Russia that is due to expire in February next year.

Fu Cong, head of arms control department of Chinese foreign ministry, reiterated to reporters in Beijing on Wednesday that China has no interest in joining the trilateral negotiation. (Reuters)

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Heavy security as China opens national security office in Hong Kong

UNTV News   •   July 8, 2020

A special office to oversee national security in Hong Kong officially commenced operations on Wednesday (July 8) amidst heavy security.

The Office for Safeguarding National Security of the Central People’s Government, charged with overseeing implementation of the controversial new national security law for Hong Kong, held a ceremony in the early hours of the morning.

The new law punishes crimes of secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces with up to life in prison, heralding a more authoritarian era for China’s freest city.

There was a heavy police presence outside the Metropark Hotel in Hong Kong, which will serve as the temporary headquarters of the new office. Police had erected water barriers and put in place crowd control measures overnight, restricting residents and foreign media from observing the ceremony.

Residents in the area expressed surprise about the rapid speed of opening in the new office, and the apparent lack of advance notice to the community.

“Everything that they have organized is quite secret”, said one resident, a 62-year-old interior designer giving his name as John Lee. “They have to let the citizens be informed earlier.”

The Metropark Hotel in Causeway Bay is located opposite Victoria Park, home of the annual candlelight rallies in memory of China’s bloody 1989 Tiananmen Square democracy crackdown. (Reuters)

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UNTV News   •   July 2, 2020

China’s foreign ministry said on Thursday (July 2) that Britain would bear all consequences for any move it took to offer Hong Kong citizens a path to settlement in the UK.

China reserved the right to act against Britain over the issue, foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a daily briefing, without specifying what countermeasures Beijing might take.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday (July 1) that China’s imposition of a security law on Hong Kong was a “clear and serious” violation of the 1984 Joint Declaration and that Britain would offer around 3 million residents of the former colony a path to British citizenship. (Reuters)

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