Need for 5G tech to handle huge data flow

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5G technology is all the rage at this year's Mobile World Congress currently being held in Shanghai. [Photo/Xinhua]

Much work has been done to develop the 5G technology, which offers 20 to 100 times faster Internet access speed for mobile consumers compared with 4G networks, industry officials said yesterday at the Mobile World Congress Shanghai.

High-tech companies including Huawei Technologies and Nokia Networks have joined China Mobile in demonstrating trial base stations using 5G technology at the fair. The 5G technology is able to record a peak speed of about 9.83 gigabits per second, 30 times compared with the fastest 4G network speed.

But 5G licenses are only expected to be issued around 2018.

China needs 5G because it has the largest population in the world, which means that at some point it will have the largest data flow, said Xie Feibo, a senior official of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

The 5G technology will be integrated with the Internet of Things technologies such as machine-to-machine (M2M) connections, according to top firms at the fair.

China is likely to boast 1 billion M2M connections by 2020, 10 times compared with the current number.

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