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China says global 5G development impossible without collaboration

Shanghai, China, Feb 23 (efe-epa).- China said Tuesday that the development of fifth generation (5G) networks at a global level will not be possible without collaboration or consultation between the various players in the sector due to the “complex” international situation.

In a speech at the opening ceremony of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Shanghai, Chinese Vice Minister of Industry and Information Technology Liu Liehong called for “combined efforts” by the parties involved in the development and deployment of these networks.

The Chinese minister stressed the need for all industry players to “talk with each other to find a way for all to set international standards,” especially those pertaining to cybersecurity, one of the reasons why 5G networks developed by China have raised international suspicions.

According to Liu, this collaboration will “enhance the level of development of global 5G” and pave the way for greater integration into fields such as supply chains, which have been adversely affected in recent months, mainly due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Liu said China will participate in the GSM Association, the organizer of the MWC, and other international platforms to try “to bring down barriers for industry development, find successful business models and accelerate 5G implementation.”

The vice minister said that the Chinese model of developing and deploying these technologies is “successful” and added that Beijing will continue to make “proactive efforts” to promote 5G.

With regard to the “accelerated maturity” of these networks in China, Liu stressed that China accounts for 70 percent of all 5G stations in the world and added that there were already more than 200 million 5G connections in the country. EFE-EPA

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