‘Dual Gigabit’ breathes new life into Chinese digital society

In the ubiquitous Internet community, especially in the 5G era, high-quality networks are the basis for the development of the digital economy.

China is stepping up efforts to promote the use of “dual gigabit”, which means the combination of 5G and optical gigabit network. The development of a “dual gigabit network” is closely intertwined with the development of all sectors of society, so as to promote the transformation of industries.

“The internet is very fast and doesn’t stutter at all!” Li Chen, who recently installed gigabit internet at his home in Beijing’s Chaoyang District, rejoiced. “I can download an HD movie in about ten seconds after switching from a 100Mbps connection to a gigabit internet.” He chose a 5G mobile plan from the operator China Mobile, which allowed him to take advantage of gigabit internet. Thus, it has benefited from a high-speed fixed and mobile Internet connection with low latency.

On July 8, 2022, personnel from China Mobile subsidiary adjusted antennas on a 5G base station in Xuba Town, Yi’an District, Tongling City, Anhui Province, east China). (Guo Xining/Pic.people.com.cn)

In 2015, the state for the first time set the goal of increasing the speed of Internet connection and reducing the price of Internet access. Since then, the connection speed has improved a lot. According to data published by a third-party agency, the average download speed over broadband Internet increased almost 14 times, from 4.25 Mbps at the end of 2014 to 62.5 Mbps at the end of 2021. Within seven years, with technologies Developed, China has already built a network infrastructure with the largest coverage in the world. In addition, it has built and operated more than 1.85 million 5G base stations. The gigabit optical network will be able to cover 400 million homes by the end of 2023.

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has released the “Dual Gigabit Network” coordinated development action plan and started to provide 100 Chinese cities with Gigabit Internet connection by the end of 2023. Since then, the “100 Gigabit Cities” initiative has been accelerating the development of “Dual Gigabit Network”.

In October 2020, urban public artworks appear in many famous neighborhoods and some sub-areas of Shanghai. They show that these places are covered by the 5G network. (Fei Feng/Pic.people.com.cn)

“Dual Gigabit Network”, which stands for optical Gigabit and 5G, can provide the user with a reliable and technologically advanced stable and mobile Gigabit Internet connection, with high bandwidth and low latency. Optical Gigabit network and 5G network complement and reinforce each other Together, they form the basis for a new type of infrastructure,” said an official from the Communications Department of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology. The country will develop an optical gigabit network and 5G in parallel to further reduce the price and increase the speed of communication, which will maintain our country’s position as a global leader in the communications industry and contribute to the digital transformation of the country’s manufacturing industry.

The city’s 5G coverage and the optical gigabit network have been further improved since March 2021. According to the data, as of the end of May 2022, the number of 5G base stations per 10,000 people was 12.1. The 5G network covers all urban areas of county and county cities, as well as 92% of the central areas of towns and cities. Over 55 million people are already using gigabit internet.

On May 16, 2022, in Jiangdong Town, Jindong District, Jinhua City, East China’s Zhejiang Province, medical staff took swabs to test for COVID-19. Thanks to 5G high-speed Internet access, employees can identify and record information about a person simply by scanning a health QR code. The process takes about ten seconds, which greatly improves the picking efficiency. (Yang Meiqing/Pic.people.com.cn)

“Today, 29 cities, including Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin, are the first to offer gigabit Internet connectivity,” an official from the Communications Management Office of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology said.

“Dual Gigabit”, along with various emerging technologies, expands the coverage of high-speed Internet in cities and strengthens various sectors, thereby enhancing the capacity for innovation. 5G and the Gigabit optical network are deeply integrated into a growing number of sectors, such as industrial manufacturing, port logistics, healthcare and education, and have already produced more than 20,000 successful use cases.

In the main control room of the ultra-high voltage transformer substation, personnel can easily monitor the operating status of the electrical equipment accurately. It is enough to contact iFlyrec’s “AI Fingerprint Diagnostic System”. Thanks to the 5G network, voice fingerprint recognition can help monitor electrical equipment. “Because 5G enables low latency and a very stable connection, we also use artificial intelligence and can process data in real time and send alerts. We have built a system to check equipment remotely,” said Zhang Chenchen, head of the state’s Power Transmission Technical Center. Grid Anhui Electric Power Co., Ltd.

During the shopping festival on June 18, 2022, in “Asia No. Officially. 5G has greatly improved the running efficiency of robots, which rated more than 110,000 products in one day in prime time.”

China will continue to encourage various industries to strengthen cooperation, fully exploit the potential of the network, and promote innovation in the use of 5G in more sectors. With the aim of increasing communication speed while ensuring stability and reducing costs in a more targeted manner, China will expand network coverage in cities and promote large-scale application of 5G and optical Gigabit network. The state will also give priority to private communities and small and medium-sized companies in its future measures to reduce Internet access tariffs.

(By Han Xin, People’s Daily reporter)

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