Hainan will invest 12 billion yuan to improve its information
infrastructure facilities in the next three years to support its free
trade zone construction, provincial authorities said on Wednesday at a
press conference in Haikou, the provincial capital.
A three-year (2018-2020) action plan was released at the meeting,
targeting to set up an intelligentized network with high speed and
universal coverage. Implementation of the plan is expected to enhance
Hainan's information network facilities to a leading level in China.
The action plan will also promote construction of 5G network systems
to make sure the 5G services cover major parts of the province,
including urban areas, major tourist spots, traffic hubs and main
industrial parks by 2020.
Hainan will accelerate 5G network overall application, especially in
commercial services. Cities of Haikou and Qionghai, the seat of the Boao
Forum for Asia, will develop pilot projects for 5G network application.
Construction of submarine international communication cable and
landing points on the island is also planned, with the aim to further
improve the international communications infrastructure to support the
development of export-oriented data services and the establishment of
Hainan International Offshore Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Demonstration Zone, according to the action plan.
Notable efforts had been put in the sector, with 13 billion yuan
poured to expand the communication network coverage from 2015 to 2017,
raising the national network coverage ranking of Hainan island from 30th
in 2015 to 11 last year across the country.
Fiber optic networks cover 73.3 percent of the villages in Hainan and
the 4G network coverage on the island has reached 86.2 percent. And the
target is to obtain complete coverage by 2019, said Wang Jing, director
of Hainan Industry and Information department, on Wednesday.