The 5G Application Joint Laboratory was unveiled in the Jiande Aviation Town on Dec 4, the first day of the 3rd Zhejiang International Intelligent Transportation Industry Expo.
The laboratory was co-built by the management committee of the Jiande Aviation Town, Shanghai Hisilicon Co, and the China Hangzhou branch of China Mobile. It will serve as a platform for managing drones meant for consumption, and is expected to help boost drone sales.
Chen Wenyue, a top official of Jiande, a county-level city in Hangzhou, said that Jiande has been focusing on the development of its aviation industry in recent years.
He invited everyone to take part in the development of the laboratory in order to better integrate aviation and 5G technology.
In telecommunications, 5G is the fifth generation technology standard for broadband cellular networks, which cellular phone companies began deploying worldwide in 2019, and is the planned successor to the 4G networks which provide connectivity to most current cellphones.  5G networks are predicted to have more than 1.7 billion subscribers worldwide by 2025, according to the GSM Association.  Like its predecessors, 5G networks are cellular networks, in which the service area is divided into small geographical areas called cells. All 5G wireless devices in a cell are connected to the Internet and telephone network by radio waves through a local antenna in the cell.
The main advantage of the new networks is that they will have greater bandwidth, giving higher download speeds,  eventually up to 10 gigabits per second (Gbit/s).  Due to the increased bandwidth, it is expected the networks will not exclusively serve cellphones like existing cellular networks, but also be used as general internet service providers for laptops and desktop computers, competing with existing ISPs such as cable internet, and also will make possible new applications in internet of things (IoT) and machine to machine areas. 4G cellphones are not able to use the new networks, which require 5G enabled wireless devices.