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Home connectivity in the birthplace of China is moving into high gear

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The global COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented crisis that has fundamentally changed our lives. For those lucky enough to be able to set up home offices it has meant hastily adapting to remote working. Others have found themselves at the frontline of tackling the disease, relying on critical communications infrastructure in hospitals to provide the best quality of care to patients. Leisure time once spent outside has transitioned to hours spent on video games, streaming services, and the unlimited entertainment offered by the internet. And online shopping has never been more in demand.

In China, where I am based, the number of people staying at home and using their cell phones and Wi-Fi for connectivity has skyrocketed in the past few months. In February 2020, more than 200 Million people appeared to be working from home in China.

In scenes now familiar globally, parents are working from home, juggling between professional and personal responsibilities via videoconferencing and email as the kids are watching a movie on the tablet.

As a result, we have seen network traffic shift from business districts to residential areas, different peak hours during a day and, in general, significantly increased network traffic volumes.

What does it take to become a digitally driven economy?

We, at Nokia, strongly believe that bridging the connectivity gap is more important than ever in the current environment. China is well-known for being ahead of the curve to develop new innovative technology solutions to improve people’s lives and develop its economy. Today, that means incorporating advanced connectivity to residential infrastructure during the development stage so that buffering, and latency are things of the past.

One example of how Nokia is delivering on its vision of enhancing connectivity in China can be seen in the Yellow River Valley region. We recently partnered with Central China Holdings, a leading property developer to develop a ‘smarter real estate’ infrastructure in the province of Henan. This province, known as the birthplace of China, is evolving rapidly from a traditional economy to one that is digitally driven. Nokia will contribute by deploying home Wi-Fi and 5G connectivity to enable Central China Holdings to design and build state-of-art developments.

Digitalizing the economy through connectivity

The partnership between Nokia and Central China Holdings focuses on high end apartments in the cities of Zhengzhou and Shangqiu where many residents expect to seamlessly combine their businesses with their home lives. Nokia will enable this by implementing its leading solutions that include POL (Passive Optical LAN), home Wi-Fi, big data platform and 5G.

The impact of coronavirus on Henan’s inhabitants in their everyday life has reinforced their shift towards a more digitally driven culture and digitally enabled lifestyles.

Digitalization of life and the economy has helped slow the spread of the virus, as people deploy online payments and remote working as they limit social contacts during these critical times. These new practices are helping keep the economy moving. For example, at least71% of Chinese use Ali Pay and 60% use WeChat Pay as digital payment services. This shows how important online commercial activities has become to the Chinese economy, and how the Chinese population values digital tools more than ever, transforming the society to a cashless culture, and relying on fast wireless solutions.

While China adjusts to its “new normal”, smart cities and real estate companies are accelerating their integration of high-quality and reliable connectivity to develop businesses, advance the economy, enhance customer experience, and grow their sectors towards a connectivity-driven economy.

Home connectivity is now a critical service that Central China Holdings and Nokia will develop for Henan’s population, allowing them to grow their economy, close the connectivity gap and enhance their everyday lives.

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Markus Borchert

About Markus Borchert

Markus is Senior Vice President Market Europe, Nokia and President of DIGITALEUROPE. With 20+ years of international experience in the telecommunications, IT and IT Services industries, Markus is passionate about driving change, innovation, customer satisfaction, strategic breakthroughs and business turnarounds. He has 3 kids and loves golf, mountain biking and skiing.

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