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5G to boost digital cultural industry

Author  :  DUAN DANJIE     Source  :    Chinese Social Sciences Today     2019-04-15

5G is the fifth generation of mobile communications. Compared with previous generations of mobile communication technologies, 5G technology has the characteristics and advantages of universal interconnection, high speed, ubiquitous networking, low latency, low power consumption and security reconfiguration.

By the end of 2018, the number of internet users in China reached 829 million, and the number of mobile internet users reached 817 million. The digital economy has become an important engine for economic growth. Cultural consumption has entered an era of quality consumption, and the digital cultural industry has ushered in an unprecedented dividend period.

Wu Chengzhong, director of the Center for Culture and Leisure Industry at the University of International Business and Economics, said that cultural production, communication and consumption will undergo major changes in the era of 5G.

The promotion of 5G technology will affect the production, promotion and distribution of the cultural industry. Fan Zhou, director of the Cultural Development Institute at the Communication University of China, said that compared with 4G technology, 5G technology not only achieves a vast improvement in network speed, but also features high offered traffic, low latency and high capacity. High load is conducive to transmitting high-quality streaming video and enriching people’s sensory experience; low latency minimizes the lag of real-time images; and large capacity provides prerequisites for facilitating the internet of things and smart cities.

With the continuous advancement of 5G-related R&D and infrastructure construction, 5G technology has begun to be applied in business in China, and the country has become one of the world’s leaders in the development of information technology.

Jin Yuanpu, a professor from the School of Liberal Arts at Renmin University of China, said that 5G technology has become a driving force for innovation and development in internet-related industries. Through extensive and deep integration with such industries as manufacturing, transportation and agriculture, 5G technology will have a major impact on social culture, new literature, new art, new media, and the cultural and creative industries.

5G technology has a greater effect on the cultural and creative industries and the global creative economy, Jin continued. Under the strategy of digital China, the cultural and creative industries will be highly integrated with tourism, technology and ecology.

In the era of 5G, more divisions of the traditional cultural industry will undergo integrated transformation, and the scope and scale of the digital cultural industry will expand.

Wu said that while 5G technology brings opportunities for the development of the digital cultural industry, it also brings a variety of challenges. For example, the cultural experience in the tourism industry is increasingly diverse and rich. High speed means better experience at the mobile terminal, which provides unlimited business opportunities for the video industry and the game industry.

However, as the experiential enhancement makes mobile terminals more attractive, how to help those lacking self-control make sound and rational use of them is worth serious consideration, Wu said, adding that how to protect privacy and how to effectively supervise related industries have also become urgent problems.







Editor: Yu Hui

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