5G connectivity has been a heated topic in 2019. Countries are thriving to be among the first to deploy 5G not just for communication, but also for preparing themselves for the next generation of business, from real-time live streaming to seamless internet of things (IoT). Whether a city can deploy 5G facility and coverage faster than others or not largely determines its competitiveness in the next decade. Chengdu, a metropolis in the western heart of China, has successfully become a 5G city,
On October 31st, authorities from the government of the City of Chengdu as well as executives from China Telecom Chengdu Branch announced in a ceremony that Chengdu had become a city with 1000M 5G network and 1000M optical network, making Chengdu the first City in China to put both 1000M networks commercial uses officially. Chengdu is the first City in Sichuan Province to deploy 5G base stations, and also the first city in the world to broadcast a sports game in 8K video standard through 5G network. The City’s administration aims at bringing 5G to emergency forecast, search and rescue, as well as for other civil purposes like communication, IoT, and big data. They believe that 5G will largely improve the life and productivity of the Chengdu people.
In September, Huawei Technology, the worldwide communication technology giant from China, unveiled its Kunpeng Ecological Base in Chengdu, as a climax of the 5th Huawei Asia-Pacific Innovation Day. While various dazzling new technologies were displayed, the most significant one was still its 5G technology. Huawei is known to be the pioneer and most competitive innovator in the 5G realm. As it set foot in Chengdu, we can expect that the City is going on the fast track of 5G development.
Chengdu also published an article earlier this year titled Moving into the fast lane of the information superhighway. It summarized Chengdu’s effort and progress concerning 5G development in 2019, including a State-level laboratory of super-high definition, a 5G ultra-high-definition research institute and audiovisual centre, a media convergence research centre, and a 5G pan-entertainment and media video centre. These facilities, no doubt, will bring the region’s entertainment, sports and creative industries to the next level. In fact, many internet-based media companies like Perfect World Education and Huajiao Livestream have been investing in this area in Chengdu.
On September 25th, the City of Chengdu even boasted its 5G advantage by changing one of the trains at the Taipingyuan Station into an exhibition of 5G. Equipped with 5G-enabled smartphones and computers, passengers riding this subway Line 10 train could get their hands-on experience with the 5G technology, including the unprecedented speed to connect with the mobile network, the fast download experience and smooth video streaming. The train also demonstrated theories and mechanism of 5G and how it could be applied in people’s life through vivid graphic, video as well as verbal illustration. People at the station could also find some interesting VR devices that were also 5G-connected, and enjoy the perfect combination of visual technology and high-speed internet connection.
While the world’s been talking about 5G, the City of Chengdu has already been using it. Yet the technology and development of 5G are still blooming in Chengdu. With the advanced fundamentals and promising environment for business, Chengdu can be the next golden state of technology and creative industries, as well as a paradise for those who look for a convenient and comfortable living environment.