The first 5G-enabled aviation base in northeast China has been launched in Shenyang, the capital of northeastern Chinese province of Liaoning, amid China’s push to become the world leader in 5G.

According to Chinese media, Shenyang’s Faku mixed-use Aviation Base has installed a 5G base station and completed test flights with drones on Tuesday. The base station was built by the Liaoning branch of state-owned telecommunications operator China Unicom, who claimed to provide full coverage of 5G networking services for the airport. The deployment of 5G is expected to accelerate the development of aerial applications of AI in the region.

“5G technology will enable connected unmanned equipment with capabilities such as ultra high-definition image transfer with low latency,” said Feng Yang, a spokesperson of Shenyang Wuju, the local company who carried out the inaugural drone tests. This next-generation of wireless networks will empower autonomous devices ultra-fast and continuous network connectivity, a capability which will pave the way for the provision of aerial shooting, mail delivery, and surveillance services, Yang said in his interview an interview with Chinese.

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Jill Shen

Jill Shen is Shanghai-based technology reporter. She covers Chinese mobility, autonomous vehicles, and electric cars. Connect with her via e-mail: jill.shen@technode.com or Twitter: @yushan_shen