China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) and Ministry of Culture and Tourism have jointly issued a joint statement setting out plans for the development of 5G services at popular tourist sites. The plan – dubbed ‘Notice on Strengthening the Collaborative Innovation and Development of 5G and Smart Tourism’ – states that by 2025 5G network construction should be completed at the country’s tourist sites, whilst 5G integrated applications will be ‘significantly improved’, enabling ‘5G and Smart Tourism’ to develop on a large scale. Areas to be targeted for accelerated network construction under the programme include tourist attractions, resorts and bars and restaurants. Meanwhile, the notice also sets out the need to establish scenarios and testbeds for the development of smart tourism applications. To that end, the ministries plan to encourage cross-departmental and cross-industry collaboration and cooperation. By 2025 the government aims to have cultivated a group of 5G+ smart tourism providers and implemented 30 5G+ smart tourism applications solutions.

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