Wireless broadband to cover Beijing's urban and rural areas by 2015

17:16, November 25, 2010      

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The construction of an urban high-speed information network will be completed in the end of 2012. And by 2015, wireless broadband will cover Beijing's urban and rural areas and form the basis of the city's Internet of Things network. These would be the new achievements brought about by the construction of "Smart Beijing."

At the Beijing-Hong Kong Smart City Construction Exchanges Fair on Nov. 24, Beijing introduced the status and future development trends of Smart Beijing construction and the application of the emerging technologies and industries, such as cloud computing, to Hong Kong. There were agreements on seven Beijing and Hong Kong cooperation projects in information technology signed at the meeting amounting to 150 million.

Zhu Yan, director of the Beijing Municipal Commission of Economy and Information Technology, said Beijing is currently entering a post-industrial era. Smart Beijing will bring new development opportunities to Beijing in the information infrastructure.

Zhu said high-speed broadband will enter family homes and companies, the upgrade of high-definition interactive digital television networks will be completed and wireless broadband will cover urban and rural areas in Beijing.

It is reported that Beijing will soon release the "Smart Beijing Platform for Action," which covers more than 60 projects, including intelligent transportation, electronic medical records, telemedicine, smart home, e-commerce and so on.

In addition, Beijing will also promote electronic medical records and telemedicine as well as smart grids and build home energy automatic management systems. The city government will provide smart home devices to ordinary families, establish child protection services systems and popularize elderly care and emergency response remote systems.

In the future, Beijing will speed up large-scale operations in cloud computing and the Internet of Things industries, cultivate 10 world-class information enterprises with international influence and more than 10 billion yuan of operating income. By 2012, the city's current e-commerce trade volume will increase from nearly 300 billion currently to 500 billion yuan.

By Yan Meng, People's Daily Online

(Editor:燕勐)

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