In 2017, the Chinese government set up the Xiongan New Area over 100 kilometers south of Beijing to take over non-essential functions of the Chinese capital and ease overcrowding. The plan was also to build Xiongan into an incubator for advanced technologies.
The Chinese government stressed that the state-level new area welcomes companies specializing in advanced technologies, including 5G, AI and the Internet of Things. New technologies are also being tested, used and developed even on the construction sites there.
Yang Zhong is in charge of construction in Xiongan. Thanks to its 5G network, he’s able to inspect over 200 construction sites on his tablet.
The 5G network has been built by China’s major telecommunication service providers such as China Mobile, the country’s largest telephone service provider. China Mobile is currently building an IoT platform to provide data and computing power for companies in the new area.