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China accelerates 5G plans with 30 new IIoT factories

27 January 2021

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) is accelerating its push into 5G with plans to build 30 fully connected factories by 2023 across 10 key industries.

MIIT’s action plan calls for the next three years to be a period of rapid growth for China’s industrial internet of things (IIoT) and 5G. As part of the plan, over the next three years, up to five industrial internet platforms with international influence will be built and a data center for IIoT will be established by 2023.

IIoT is the adoption of IoT devices and networks for industry, including emerging technologies such as 5G, big data and artificial intelligence.

MIIT said China has more than 70 IIoT platforms domestically, connecting about 60 million sets of industrial equipment and more than 400,000 industrial enterprises.

Boosting coverage

China has plans to boost its 5G coverage considerably this year with plans to build 600,000 5G base stations and to promote 5G network coverage in a wider range and at more levels. Of this, 8,000 will be built in Shanghai alone.

In 2020, all cities above the prefecture-level had full coverage of 5G networks with more than 200 million 5G terminal connections and more than 1,100 5G plus IIoT projects, MIIT said.

Furthermore, the country will focus on emerging use cases for 5G such as virtual and augmented reality, immersive gaming and will promote the integration of 5G technology for life services like health, elderly care and housekeeping.

MIIT said it will also begin to organize 5G millimeter wave tests and shore up weak links to ensure the safety of industrial and supply chains.

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