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China's first 5G-based colliery built in Yangquan city

Updated: 2020-06-22

A news conference on the establishment of China's first 5G-based colliery and the launch ceremony for telco China Mobile's 5G Intelligent Mining Alliance were held online and offline in China's capital Beijing and in Taiyuan city, capital of North China's Shanxi province on June 18. 

Government officials and members of China Mobile's 5G Intelligent Mining Alliance delivered speeches during the event.

It saw 5G strategic cooperation agreements signed between China Mobile and leading coal companies in Shanxi including Shanxi Coking Coal Group Co, Datong Coal Mine Group and Jinneng Group Co.  

Lin Wu, governor of Shanxi province, urged the participants to strengthen research and development and technological applications.

Lin also called for improvements in 5G network efficiency, the push to green and intelligent coal mining and better safety management and production efficiency, so as to contribute to the energy revolution in the province.

China Mobile's 5G Intelligent Mining Alliance is made up of some 70 members including Tsinghua University, China University of Mining and Technology (Beijing), Yangquan Coal Industry Group Co and Huawei Technologies Co.

It will unite all parties to build an intelligent mining cooperation platform, accelerate key core technological breakthroughs, guide joint construction and resource sharing and promote the integration of 5G and the mining industry.

The first 5G-based colliery in China was built by China Mobile, Yangquan Coal Industry Group Co and Huawei at the Xinyuan Colliery of Yangquan Coal Industry Group Co in Yangquan city.

With the 5G network installed 534 meters deep underground, the colliery launched three 5G-based mining applications.

These have achieved unmanned, automated and visual operations of the colliery, reduced the labor intensity and risks to staff members, while improving mining efficiency.

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