Official data shows the resumption of China's ICT industry
By Ma Ke
Following last week's Q1 GDP data release, Chinese authorities are providing more evidence of the country's Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry resumption.
Up until Tuesday, the operation rate of enterprises above designated level has reached 99 percent, with 95 percent of workers having returned to their posts.
The same situation is happening in Hubei Province, with 95 percent of designated level enterprises reopening and 92 percent of their workers returning to their posts.
Data released by Chinese authorities during a press conference Thursday, shows the development of China's ICT industry in the first three months of 2020.
The country has witnessed ICT going against the trend and becoming a new driving force of the economy during the pandemic.
Mobile internet traffic has increased by another 39 percent on the basis of the substantial growth of 129 percent at the same time last year.
The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said China now owns the world's largest optical fiber communication and 4G networks.
Wen Ku, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology spokesperson, said internet traffic has increased by 50 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2019. In some cities like Wuhan, it has increased by 70 percent because more people are staying at home compared to other cities.
In the face of this explosive growth, Wen said the ministry has managed to keep high video definition and fast network speeds. Official data suggests 85 percent of internet users enjoy speeds at home of over 100 megabytes per second.
ICT authorities said this will help address the large demand from stay-at-home students and workers.
China also released plans for this year's 5G network: Build 500,000 more 5G base stations, and increase industrial usage of 5G technology.
Wen said 5G technology has shown its great capacity during the epidemic in areas like remote medical care, virtual medical meetings, online education, and online office. "5G has more uses like ultra-high-definition video, cloud gaming, internet of things, smart city in the long run," he added.
Besides the ICT industry, the ministry said it will push forward neo-infrastructure in major cities, which requires the promotion of artificial intelligence and virtual reality technologies.