Shanghai raises the curtain as China begins its rollout of 5G

(China Daily) Updated: 2019-02-21


A Huawei employee introduces the 5G-enabled services at the Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station after the company unveiled its first 5G digital indoor systems in the station on February 19, 2019. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

China Mobile and Huawei jointly announced on Monday that they have begun installing a 5G digital system at the Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station, a major railway hub that handles 60 million passengers every year, and the project will be finished by the end of this year. China Daily reporter Li Yang comments:

The US administration has exhausted every means to block Huawei around the world. Against this backdrop, the installing of the world's first 5G digital indoor system in one of the world's busiest railway stations demonstrates China's resolve to promote the application of 5G technology will not be swayed by any external disturbances.

The system will meet the demand of passengers for high-speed connectivity and markedly improve their traveling experience. It is also an important step Shanghai has taken to build a smart city. The rollout of 5G technologies will motivate and inspire technology companies to pursue new innovations.

As long as Huawei remains one of the most advanced players in the industry, there is no way the United States can crush it. Since it is a pioneer in 5G, it will always be able to find business opportunities in the global market. Or to put it another way, customers will always be able to seek out the best product and service providers.

As Huawei founder and Chairman Ren Zhengfei said in a recent interview with BBC: "That Washington targets and finds fault with Huawei has forced the company to improve its products and services.…The US does not represent the world. If the lights go out in the West, the East will still shine."

Washington's efforts to crush Huawei will only backfire and hurt the interests of the US at last.

In the globalization era, responsible governments should join hands to promote technology innovation and the spread of new technologies, which is in line with the common interests of all humans, and is also necessary to cope with the common challenges confronting the world.