5G Making a Difference in Coronovirus Fight

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The one difference between the fight against Severe acute respiratory syndrome-related (SARS) coronavirus and the current Novel Coronovirus (2019-nCoV) is the use of emerging technology.

The newest is the use of 5G.

ZTE Corp announced that it is using the new transmission technology to accelerate connectivity and enable remote diagnosis.

According to the company, 5G, which features high bandwidth and low latency, will make diagnosis and treatment more efficient and convenient.

The current announcement for 5G remote diagnosis involves West China Hospital and Chengdu Public Health Clinic Center of Sichuan University.

ZTE has deployed its customer premise equipment (CPE) for 5G services for outdoor 5G signals. It is also constructing indoor coverage points.

On Jan. 25, 2020, 5G indoor base stations were built and interconnected. The conference room for remote diagnosis and treatment in West China Hospital was first connected to the remote diagnosis and treatment system.

On Jan. 26, 2020, ZTE completed the construction, optimization, speed test, and commissioning of the 5G indoor distribution system at another core point of the remote diagnosis and treatment system. After the 5G network was commissioned, Sichuan health and health commission, West China Hospital, and Chengdu Public Health Clinic Center conducted remote video consultation.

The 5G remote consultation system will use West China Hospital of Sichuan University as the central node. Twenty-seven hospitals that have accepted and treated patients will be connected to this node.

Soon, ZTE will build China's first new 5G remote diagnosis coronavirus infection system covering three levels: Sichuan province, city, and county. The idea is to provide a single network for remote diagnosis in frontline hospitals that help Wuhan.

In the near future, ZTE is looking to use the 5G system to enable video consultation with the Wuhan front-end medical rescue team through the 5G network, so that critical patients in Wuhan can access expert diagnosis and treatment services in the West China Hospital.

The new move is part of ZTE's groupwide strategy to provide customers with integrated end-to-end innovation through the convergence of IT and telecoms.

To date, ZTE has obtained 35 commercial 5G contracts in major markets, such as Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa (MEA).

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