Friday, December 9, 2022
Published 3 Years Ago on Monday, Mar 16 2020 By Inside Telecom Staff
We are able to see the impact of the Coronavirus
everywhere at the moment. Supermarkets and retail chains are reporting a shortage
on a number of goods – including toilet paper and hand sanitizer. Universities
and schools have closed and most industries are also severely affected.
We took a look at some of the impacts on the tech
and power sector in the long term. Forbes magazine stated that despite much of
the Chinese economy being impacted by Covid-19, one sector that is ‘business as
usual’ is the telecommunications infrastructure such as 5G and LPWA networks.
This may just be
efforts to keep the current economy going in difficult times, which we
regularly see. Attempts to maintain large flagship projects are often symbolic
of such efforts.
Towards the end of
last month, China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom collaboratively
released the 5GDM (fifth generation digital network) White paper, along with
the Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT) and leading
device supplier, Huawei.
This paper looks at
how 5G is deterministic and focused on digitalizing the majority of industries.
This includes the full integration of microservice – based 2-G, 3-G, 4-G and
This technology can
only be implemented after the deployment of 5G, however, it apparently provides
a framework for substantial gains in productivity across multiple sectors,
which include smart grids. The deployment of IoT, looks likely to cut cost and
also boost efficiency through machine learning and – perhaps most relevant, in
light of recent events, limit the risk of labour shortages.
Bloomberg also suggests that China will further triple the number of IoT
industrial machines to more than 300 million units within the next four years.
LPWA (low power wide
area) networking is the most favoured one when it comes to 5G and by the three
big telecoms companies in China. This is because of its low infrastructure
costs and narrowband IoT. It is predicted that by the end of 2020 more than 1.5
million base stations will be in place to power such a network.
By the end of last
month, in the middle of the Covid-19 crisis, two of Chinas biggest telcos had
announced an acceleration of the rollout of infrastructure. This includes
250,000 base stations by the end of September 2020. There is an immediate
target of 100,000 by the end of June and 64,000 are already in use.
All three companies
are positive about 5G prospects, even though industry analysts are negative
about the impact of Covid-19 on 5G demand. Both China Unicom and China Telecom
have collaborated to integrate networks. Furthermore, they have announced the
acceleration of the rollout of 5G infrastructure. China Mobile claims to have
signed-up 6.7 million users in Q4 of last year, and has once again
‘reaccelerated’ the installation of 5G base stations.
article by US Homeland Security, which speaks about the impacts of pandemics on
vital infrastructure states that “Electrical
outages will likely not occur but if so, they will be minor and sparse. The
flow of natural gas will see little to no impact based on the built-in lag.
Worldwide refinery of petroleum will be impacted and logistics of moving fuel
oil, diesel fuel, gasoline, and lubricants will be affected, which is likely to
further exacerbate critical manufacturing and the defence industrial base.”
Another article that was published in the Institute of Electrical and
Electronics Engineers magazine, Spectrum, talks of the newest acronym
for this current crisis. FOG is Fear of Going to Work. A recent survey suggests
that FOG is increasing and productivity is thus, decreasing. Despite the fact
that such an article is largely focused on US companies, it is likely that this
trend is replicated around the world. The survey said that 70.1% out of 6,000
respondents are unsure and worried about going to work as a result of the
outbreak. 76.1% of respondents said that they are working from home.
Furthermore, 45% had said that their productivity had decreased – the reasons have
yet to be clarified.
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