A news report by China.org.cn on China’s evolution of communication methods:
Beacon towers and messenger pigeons are the earliest attempts of the Chinese to deliver messages.
In the early days of the People’s Republic of China, there were less than 300,000 landline telephone subscribers. Telegram was expensive and only used for sending important messages, such as weddings and funerals. Letters were the most common means of communication, with those green mailboxes being a part of the streetscape.
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While increasingly more Chinese homes began to use landlines, China successfully launched its first communication satellite in the mid-1980s, diversifying the communication channels.
People began wearing a little black device around their waist, which beeped from time to time. And the richer people were often seen talking to a much bigger gadget. Mobile devices like pagers and cellphones became new favorites of the Chinese.
By the end of the 20th century, pagers were phased out, while cellphones became smaller and smaller, to the size no bigger than one’s palm, but in the meantime, richer in variety and had more functionalities.
Then came the smartphones. The integration of mobile phone with internet in the early 21st century ushered in a new era of communication.
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By 2017, the number of mobile phone users in China had reached 1.42 billion, and over 750 million people can access the internet via phones.
Now, 70 years after its founding, the People’s Republic of China is embracing the 5G era with corresponding facilities and equipment being installed in cities. Hopefully, the technology will be put into commercial use in 2020.
On July 10, 2019, Monaco became the first country in Europe having full 5G coverage using Huawei gear.
The advancement of technology makes distance no longer a communication barrier, and a smart and well-connected earth village is just around the corner.
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