Private 5G network license to hasten development of industrial internet

Visitors watch a demonstration of 5G tech application in manufacturing at 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, the 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 boosting manufacturing capability.

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

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

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

Zhang Yunming, MIIT Vice Minister, said that the industrial Internet is a key infrastructure and a new industrial ecosystem for the deep integration of new generation information communication technology in the industrial economy.

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

“More efforts are being made to establish standards for 5G fully connected factories throughout the industry.”

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 of the China Academy of Industrial Internet.

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 rolled out a series of strategic measures to upgrade manufacturing to make it more digital era-oriented, Internet-connected and intelligent, experts said.

Lu Chuncong, head of the China Academy of Industrial Internet, said that teamwork in various sectors is critical to speed up the development of the industrial Internet. Industrial companies, telecom companies, software companies and industrial control companies must cooperate deeply to strengthen the research of core technologies.

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