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In Hungary, 5G-equipped cities are vital to making the country smarter

Submitted by scc europe staff on January 19, 2019

Tech corporation ZTE is looking to bring Hungary’s technology up to 21st century standards starting with one major upgrade: a 5G network. While small towns like Szentendre near Budapest have toyed with smart city solutions like Smart Parking systems, it’s up to larger metropolises to set the example when it comes to Smart City projects. Below, we’ll take a look at how cities like Budapest can act as leaders for the rest of the country when it comes to making a serious technological change.— Bruno De Man 

Foundation for 5G

According to ZTE, the year from 2017 to 2018 will be a crucial one in terms of 5G development, as foundations for the revolutionary network are put in place to pave the way for commercial applications. The introduction of this type of technology will help bring about an improved quality of life by connecting both people and objects thanks to the network’s rapid Internet speed. "From the end user's side, there is a huge difference that you will be able to feel because, under 5G, the technology can change the living style of people, the whole world will be connected and the Internet speed will be much, much faster," explained Liu Xiaokang, CEO of ZTE Hungary, in an article in New China News Agency.

The network is already on trial in Japan and estimated to reach some of the more technologically advanced countries by 2020. Hungary is looking to be one of those countries to quickly launch an efficient 5G network, thereby acting as a European hub for 5G development. With the network in place, the country can develop a bevy of smart solutions in fields like transportation, education, healthcare and administration. "Under this technology, we can bring lots of new ICT solutions, as 5G has a huge data stream per second, so along this technology, new applications and solutions can become real," Liu said.

This type of cutting-edge technology would advance Hungary’s Smart City programmes and help Hungary "set up a higher living standard, in order to make Hungary smarter and better." However, this type of change will need to stem from cities like Budapest first before making real change in surrounding smaller towns. 5G is one area that can offer a foundation for Budapest to introduce and test smart solutions in everything from sustainable mobility systems to CNG-fueled vehicles that when deemed successful can later make their way to other parts of the country.

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