China Mobile has played a key role in driving the integration of digital and real economies across China by constructing infrastructure and building service systems that are essential for a digital society. In a recent interview, Yang Jie, chairman of China Mobile and member of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, shared the company’s efforts in advancing the digital economy and contributing to the Belt and Road Initiative.
Jie explained that China Mobile has built a new type of information infrastructure that focuses on a high-quality and stable 5G network, national integrated computing networks, and a smart mid-end platform. The company has also established over 1.28 million 5G base stations, achieving continuous coverage in urban areas, counties, and towns.
Additionally, China Mobile’s smart mid-end platform with an Aaas system has continued to bring together internal and external capabilities such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, and precise positioning to enhance the level of integrated empowerment. This has resulted in a new kind of information service system that offers “connectivity, computing force, and ability,” which has been applied to new industries and models of information services for production, people’s lives, and social governance.
China Mobile has also assisted small and medium-sized enterprises in their digital transformation by providing digital services to over 20 million SMEs. In 2022, the company provided information technology product packages to help 5 million SMEs transform digitally and cut the operating costs of SMEs by reducing the average tariff of Internet dedicated lines and enterprise broadband by 41.6 percent and 29.1 percent, respectively, benefiting 7.57 million clients.
In other sectors, China Mobile has launched the world’s largest 5G+BeiDou high-precision positioning system, which is a cooperative vehicle infrastructure system that makes deeper integration with the new industry of intelligent connected vehicles. The company’s broadband network has also covered 98 percent of administrative villages, and 400 5G smart agriculture projects have been implemented to empower agricultural and rural modernization with intelligence.
China Mobile has not limited its efforts to China alone. It has been promoting digital infrastructure in countries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative to improve information connectivity. The company has helped BYD and other Chinese auto companies expand their overseas markets, established overseas 5G smart ports, and participated in setting up international communication standards including 5G and the Internet of Things.
Furthermore, China Mobile has taken on social responsibilities by carrying out charity activities in Indonesia, Singapore, Kenya, and the United Arab Emirates. The company has also hired more than 3,100 local employees and created over 50,000 indirect jobs in Pakistan. These efforts have contributed to China’s record-high trade with countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative in 2022, with trade in goods reaching 13.8 trillion yuan, up 19.4 percent year-on-year, according to the Ministry of Commerce.