Categories 5G

China Fast Tracking 5G Network Deployment Amidst Ongoing Tussle With United States

Published by
Sneha Bhardwaj

China is fast tracking 5G network in the country to use the next generation telecom technology amidst escalating row with the US over the detention of Chinese telecom giant Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer in Canada on charges of financial fraud. China has already launched the 5G service in Guangzhou airport, opened its first 5G base station for the Qinghai Tibet plateau region and announced the road trials of a 5G autopilot bus without a driver, driver cabin or a driving wheel. The 5G bus completed road trials in Southwest China’s Chongqing, marking the city’s first driverless bus trial in a 5G network environment, state-run reported by PTI.

The tests were carried out in a 5G network-covered area, where the network helps the bus adjust speed, and detect obstacles and traffic lights. Powered by electricity, the bus can accommodate 12 passengers and run at a maximum of 20 km per hour.

The technology was developed by Chongqing Mobile, Huawei, Southeast University and French company EasyMile, and will be applied in various areas, such as campuses, airports and scenic spots, the China Daily reported. Chinese officials say the country would like to be ahead of the US and other nations to develop a 5G network to capture the markets abroad.

The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), China’s planning body, on Tuesday said it would speed up the process to grant 5G commercial licences to upgrade information consumption in the country. The NDRC would promote the high-quality video and support the launch of 4,000 television channels across China to enrich content as well as to subsidise super high-definition TV sets, virtual reality and augmented reality devices in certain regions, it said.

The move is part of China’s broader effort to boost domestic consumption amid slowing economic growth. It also comes at a time when Huawei, which leads China’s bid to become the leading supplier of advanced telecom equipment to the world’s mobile carriers, faces growing pressure from the US, where some politicians consider it an arm of the Chinese government, Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported.

The US on Monday charged Huawei of trying to steal trade secrets from a telecom rival. The US also claimed that the Chinese smartphone and network gear maker worked to skirt US sanctions on Iran.

The US Justice Department also charged Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou with financial fraud. Meng was arrested in Canada in December, and the US is looking to extradite her.

Meng, the daughter of the company’s founder, is currently out on bail in Canada. Her case has sparked a major crisis between Ottawa and Beijing. As the row over Huawei escalated, major suppliers of US technology giant Apple, the Foxconn Technology Group and Pegatron Corp are reportedly accelerating efforts to build new production plants in Southeast Asia and India, the China Daily reported.

It is part of their efforts to diversify their supply chain away from the Chinese mainland and to save costs, it said. Foxconn, the world’s biggest electronics contract manufacturer and a key Apple supplier, in a recent regulatory filing said it has invested USD 213.5 million in an Indian subsidiary and acquired land use rights in Vietnam, according to a Financial Times report.

Sneha Bhardwaj

Share
Published by
Sneha Bhardwaj

Recent Posts

Xiaomi Was Ahead of Apple, OnePlus, Vivo and Oppo in India in Q1 2021

The smartphone market in India is one of the most competitive spaces to be in…

May 10, 2021 5:00 pm

Realme Narzo 30 Unboxing Video Goes Live Ahead of Official Launch

  Realme launched its Narzo 30 Pro and Narzo 30A smartphone in the Indian market…

May 10, 2021 4:31 pm

BSNL 4G Extended to New Rural Parts of India

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is trying to grow its 4G services in the country…

May 10, 2021 3:59 pm

POCO F3 GT Appeared on Global E-Commerce Site Ahead of Official Launch

Xiaomi is a smartphone manufacturing brand that is unknown for its wide range of smartphones…

May 10, 2021 3:06 pm

Oppo E-Store Official in India Now, Check Out Offers

Oppo last month announced that it was going to launch an official e-store in India.…

May 10, 2021 2:00 pm

Redmi Note 10S Indian Variant Spotted on Google Play Console Listing

Redmi phones have gained quite some popularity in the Indian market with an exquisite range…

May 10, 2021 1:30 pm