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5G to make logistics more intelligent in China: experts

June 18, 2019


Abstract : As China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology granted 5G licenses for commercial use to China Telecom, China Mobile, China Unicom and China Broadcasting Network on June 6, the intelligent development of the logistics industry in the country will be largely accelerated, said experts.

BEIJING, June 18 (Xinhua) -- As China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) granted 5G licenses for commercial use to China Telecom, China Mobile, China Unicom and China Broadcasting Network on June 6, the intelligent development of the logistics industry in the country will be largely accelerated, said experts.

Yang Daqing, a researcher at the China Society of Logistics, believes that 5G technology will bring major changes to the logistics industry. First, the applications of intelligent equipment and facilities will become more popularized, including unmanned vehicles, drones, and storage robots. Second, the interconnection and interaction between people, vehicles, goods and warehouses will be intensified, with more efficient applications of the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) technology. Third, logistics service will become more dynamic and transparent. 

Xu Jun, an expert at the Alibaba-owned courier aggregator Cainiao Network Technology, said that 5G will help accelerate the layout and development of automated warehousing and self-driving, with bigger span than the coverage of WiFi and higher speed than that of 4G network.

Experts at Suning Logistics believe that with the combination of 5G, blockchain, and IoT technologies, we can easily control the actions and processes of the entire logistics chain, and develop intelligent parks, unmanned delivery, including last-mile delivery, as well as cold-chain logistics. 

According to a research report by the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology, the 5G technology is expected to generate 10.6 trillion yuan (about 1.54 trillion U.S. dollars) worth of economic output and over 3 million jobs between 2020 and 2025. (Edited by Li Wenxin, liwenxin@xinhua.org)


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