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Government touts spending US$50m on 5G technology

Staff writer, with CNA

The government has earmarked US$50 million for the development of fifth-generation (5G) technology, given that the nation is a pioneer and is committed to the development of 5G technology, a Ministry of Economic Affairs official said yesterday at the opening of the 5G International Summit in Taipei.

Department of Industrial Technology deputy director-general Lo Ta-sheng (羅達生) said that the nation has become an important supplier of global information and communications technology (ICT) products due to its customer-oriented manufacturing capability and its low cost advantages.

OPPORTUNITIES

The summit aims to help industries tap into the next waves of business opportunities in the ICT sector and share cluster leadership in the 5G field along with Europe, the US, Japan and South Korea.

NEW ERA

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has defined 5G network speeds as being 10 Gigabits per second (Gbps), with peak speeds of 20Gbps, according to Chung Char-dir (鐘嘉德), executive secretary of the Executive Yuan’s Science and Technology Advisory Group, who said 5G technology is expected to usher in a new era for wireless technology.

The summit brought together representatives from domestic and foreign leaders in the 5G sector and 5G standard bodies, and promotion associations, such as ITU-R, 5G PPP, 5GMF and the EU, and international telecommunications operators, such as KDDI, CMCC and NTT DoCoMo.

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