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China seems to be going all out with fifth generation (5G) technology. After launching 5G network services in the Qinghai-Tibet, which is a high-altitude plateau, the South Asian giant is now coming up with a 5G technology centred innovation park in Hangzhou, the capital of China’s Zhejiang province.

The park is placed in the Hangzhou Future Sci-Tech City. It is the first park in China to have access to 5G in totality and also includes facilities for research in 5G technology. The first phase of the park is built over a space measuring 100,000 square metres. The park has been planned in a way to become a hub for 5G tech research and development by 2025.

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The Hangzhou Future Sci-Tech City hosted an opening ceremony to mark the launch of the park. Over 1,000 people attended the ceremony. Recently, 10 agreements have already been signed by some 11 institutions and companies as a part of collaborating to develop the digital economy as well as create Artificial Intelligence (AI) research centres and platforms for smart vehicle testing.

The park is expected to facilitate experimenting in industries of AI, AR/VR, drones, smart communities, and smart logistics. Any 5G ventures in the park will also enjoy preferential policies.

5G tech, which is the next wave of fast mobile broadband networks is much anticipated, as globally telcos are getting ready to launch 5G technology for much higher speed and quality in connectivity. Its considerably faster transmission speed is expected to start a fresh upsurge of digital economic growth, driving emerging industries, such as networked intelligent vehicles, VR, and mobile healthcare.

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China has also opened a 5G base station in the city of Xining in Qinghai-Tibet as a state telecom company. The region, which usually has weak infrastructure, is poised to receive new wireless technologies such as 5G network, as part of an announcement made by the Chinese government in April 2018.

At the moment, the Xining’s downtown area is already served by 5G, offering a download speed of 1.3 gbps, nearly 10 times more than that of 4G. High tech services, such as VR and tele-medicine, are also expected to be developed in the region with the help of speedier Internet. According to reports, the launch of 5G is expected to close the information service gap that exists currently between Qinghai’s Tibetan-populated areas and the rest of the country.

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