On May 1, 2021, MIIT held a public consultation session on its draft Action Plan for 5G Applications (2021-2023). The document aims to implement General Secretary Xi Jinping’s instructions on expanding the application scenarios of 5G technology and accelerating the overall development of 5G application. It indicates key goals to be achieved by 2023, specifically covering:
- Key indicators of 5G application (such as penetration rate of 5G individual users, proportion of 5G network access traffic, average annual growth rate of 5G IoT terminal users, number of virtual private networks in 5G industry, etc.)
- Application effect of 5G in key fields (such as power, mining and other fields, large-scale replication and promotion of 5G application, 5G+ Internet of Vehicles pilot scope, 5G+ smart education, 5G+ smart medical model projects, etc.)
- 5G application ecological environment construction (such as 5G application solution providers, 5G application solutions, etc.)
- Key infrastructure support capacity (such as 5G network coverage level, batch 5G fusion application innovation center, 5G Application Security Innovation Demonstration Center, etc.) and set development goals.
As an important element of the 5G application ecological environment, the document proposes that by the end of 2023, a 5G application standards system for basic commonalities and key industries will have been established, and the development of more than 30 key standards for key industries completed. Specific measures to achieve this goal include:
- Accelerate the opening of cross-industry agreement standards. The overall cross-department, cross-industry and cross-field coordination will be strengthened for standardization matters, and the cooperation mechanisms of relevant standardization organizations improved. Agreements on intercommunication and standards mutual recognition will be realized. The construction of the application standards system for the 5G industry and the implementation of relevant policies and measures will be systematically promoted, and the formulation of integrated application standards promoted. Efforts will be made to leverage on the advantages of the 5G application industry phalanx, and to promote the implementation of integrated application standards.
- Development of application standards for the integration of key industries. The research on 5G convergence application standards in key industries will be systematically pushed ahead, clarifying the key direction of standardization, strengthening the development of basic common standards, convergence equipment standards, and key industry solution standards. The process of standardization and generalization will be accelerated, and breakthroughs made in the research and formulation of convergence standards in key fields.
- Land a batch of key industry standards. Full play will be given to the leading role of key enterprises in key industries, aimed at guiding all relevant parties to further strengthen collaboration, jointly promoting the iteration, evaluation and optimization of application standards in the 5G industry, and promoting the application of relevant standards in key industries.
With regards to specific standardization work, the document emphasizes that significant efforts will be dedicated to the development of chip/module, network, platform, security architecture, application requirements, terminology definition and other basic common standards. Enhanced technical standards in line with industry demands will be launched, such as 5G deterministic network, upstream rate increase, high precision positioning and resistance of electromagnetic interference. The formulation of standards for integration applications in key industries will be accelerated, and the development of standards for the construction of terminals and networks for industrial integration encouraged. 5G application standards will be promoted in key industries, especially in medical care, industry and media. The capacity of public services for 5G application standards will be enhanced. Efforts will also be made to conduct testing, evaluation and certification of standards for 5G applications in the industry, and to promote the conversion of innovative scientific and technological achievements into standards.