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Ericsson, China Mobile to use 5G for natural disaster management

Ericsson and China Mobile combined their respective emergency communication practices, digital twin use cases and network slicing technologies

Ericsson has signed a partnership with China Mobile Zhejiang and other partners to deploy 5G technology for public-safety-focused natural disaster management in China.

In a release, the Swedish vendor said that this move follows the successful testing of a 5G mission-critical solution in ten cities across the Lishui region of China.

“Spanning early-warning analysis, natural disaster monitoring, command and dispatch, and post-disaster assessment, the solution has now been included in China’s Ministry of Science and Technology’s monitoring, early warning and prevention of major natural disasters demonstration projects. As a result, the partners expect nationwide deployment to get underway in the coming weeks,” Ericsson said.

“Ericsson and China Mobile provided key insights and support for the development and validation of core applications by combining respective emergency communication practices, digital twin use cases, and network slicing technologies while jointly building 5G network connectivity,” the vendor added.

The solution was developed and tested in Lishui due to the region’s vulnerability to large-scale natural disasters and flash floods during the wet season.

Ericsson also noted that several criteria were identified for the solution to address, including accurate disaster prediction; visible disaster occurrence; shared data silos; coordinated emergency command and timely evacuation.

“The solution combines the coverage, high bandwidth, low latency, and reliability benefits of advanced 5G network connectivity, edge computing, digital twins and 5G private network slicing,” the European vendor said.

According to Ericsson, the solution includes:

-An integrated 5G sky-land monitoring network, which solves challenges in data integration and sharing, deployment, coverage, and construction and operational costs by ensuring rapid network deployment.

-An intelligent 5G multi-hazard early-warning model, which accelerates data processing and improves accuracy for rapid data transmission, consolidated processing and multi-hazard identification.

-A decision-making assistant based on digital map models.

-Portable 5G sites and communication vehicles for on-site communication.

-Simulated model assessment based on remote-sensing images.

China Mobile, the world’s largest operator in terms subscribers, recently said it had invested a total of CNY58.7 billion ($8.7 billion) in the 5G segment in the first half of the year.

“We put in use a cumulative of one million 5G base stations, including 300,000 700 MHz 5G base stations, which together served 263 million 5G network customers and more than 4,400 5G dedicated network projects,” China Mobile said, adding, “As we continued to expand our 5G coverage, we adopted a scientific approach to coordinating our 700 MHz, 2.6 GHz and 4.9 GHz frequency resources to take full advantage of the complementary strength of each frequency.”

China Mobile also said that it continued to promote the co-construction and sharing of its 5G network with China Broadcasting Network Corporation using spectrum in the 700 MHz band.

The telco’s overall mobile subscriber base increased 2.6% to 970 million, while the number of 5G subscribers totaled 263 million at the end of June, up 106.7% year-on-year.