SMOLEVICHI DISTRICT, 25 February (BelTA) – A pilot project to develop 5G technology will be implemented in the China-Belarus industrial park Great Stone. The relevant agreement was signed by Belarusian First Deputy Communications and Informatization Minister Sergei Nesterovich, Director General of SZAO Industrial Park Development Company Yan Gang, and Head of the Industrial Park Administration Aleksandr Yaroshenko on 25 February, BelTA has learned.
Sergei Nesterovich said: “The agreement represents the initial stage for tapping into the potential the 5G technology offers. Our telecommunications flagship Beltelecom will provide all kinds of assistance in association with Huawei Company to develop 5G technologies in the industrial park.”
Aleksandr Yaroshenko noted that future belongs to the 5G technology. “We are very proud that the 5G technology will be deployed in the park for the first time in Belarus. As we sign today's agreement, we make an important step on the way of developing the industrial park as a smart city with an innovative manufacturing sector and high quality of life,” he stressed.
Aleksandr Yaroshenko mentioned driverless transportation as one of the most promising directions for developing the 5G technology. “Some of our resident companies do R&D work in this field. The new technology also plays an important role for developing the park as a logistics hub as part of the Silk Road,” he added.
Director General of SZAO Industrial Park Development Company Yan Gang also underlined the importance of the agreement for the park. In line with the agreement the park will become Belarus' first reference testbed for introducing 5G technologies, he said.
As of early January 2020 the China-Belarus industrial park Great Stone was home to 60 resident companies from 15 countries, including 33 companies from China, 15 companies with a share of capital from Austria, Germany, Israel, Canada, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, USA, Switzerland, and Estonia, and 12 companies initiated by Belarusian companies. By the end of the year the park is expected to have at least 80 resident companies with the declared volume of investments at $1.5 billion.