Accelerate the digital transformation of the industry and expand the new space for the development of the digital economy

  May 17 is the 52nd World Telecommunications and Information Society Day.

With the new crown pneumonia epidemic still raging around the world, this year's theme-"Accelerating Digital Transformation in Challenging Times" has pointed out the direction for countries to turn crises into opportunities.

  This seemingly bucking trend and facing up to difficulties is the vivid summary of China's extraordinary year in the past.

The construction of new infrastructure is fully developed, small and medium-sized enterprises have joined hands with large platforms to actively go to the cloud, use data, and give wisdom. China's economy has achieved a V-shaped recovery and handed over a dazzling "transcript."

At the National Two Sessions in 2021, "digitalization" and "digital economy" became buzzwords, and digital transformation was "acquired by all", and the strategic goals of promoting digital transformation in various regions gradually became clear.

  In the outline of the "14th Five-Year Plan", the digital construction tasks have seen unprecedented improvements in the strategic position and construction content compared to the previous five-year plans.

"Accelerating Digital Development and Building a Digital China" is listed in a separate article, and for the first time proposed the new economic indicator of the value added of the core industries of the digital economy as a proportion of GDP. It clearly requires that the value added of the core industries of my country's digital economy account for the important proportion of GDP in 2020. The increase from 7.8% to 10% shows the weight and significance of the digital economy.

  At present, all localities are focusing on the seven key digital economy industries and ten digital application scenarios listed in the "14th Five-Year Plan" plan, accelerating the digital transformation of industries, creating a good digital ecology, and continuously expanding the development space of the digital economy to achieve economic growth. Quality development injects new vitality.

Under the epidemic, digital transformation ushered in an "opportunity period"

  The outbreak of the new crown pneumonia epidemic has brought a huge impact to the world's economic development, and has caused a series of far-reaching economic and social impacts.

In the face of a sudden epidemic, emerging digital information technologies represented by 5G, AI, cloud computing, etc., have effectively assisted the overall fight against the epidemic and promoted the rapid development of the digital economy.

  New business formats and new models such as contactless delivery and unmanned supermarkets are booming, adding help to China's economy to take the lead in getting out of the impact of the epidemic;

  Online office, live teaching, remote consultation, etc. have become popular, becoming important tools for digital applications;

  Many online platforms provide donations, provide free services, provide preferential policy payments to merchants, and provide docking of production and sales, alleviating the slow sales of agricultural products, and at the same time solving the basic needs of urban life;

  With the help of 5G network, hundreds of millions of netizens were on the scene and witnessed the rise of Vulcan Mountain Hospital, Leishenshan Hospital, and Fangcang Hospital.

  Pan Helin, Executive Dean of the Institute of Digital Economy, Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, believes that the new crown pneumonia epidemic is forcing digital transformation.

Small and medium-sized enterprises should use this epidemic as an opportunity for reform, and combine the characteristics of the enterprises themselves and related industries to improve their management informatization level, and use digital management methods and industrial Internet platforms to improve their business management models to achieve reductions driven by digitalization. Benefits such as cost-effectiveness, revenue-increasing and expenditure-cutting, will form a new business model and enhance the competitiveness of enterprises.

Policies facilitate digital transformation and speed up shifts

  During the "Thirteenth Five-Year Plan" period, China's digital economy grew at an average annual rate of over 16.6%.

The digital economy continues to grow rapidly, and the quality and efficiency are significantly improved.

By the end of 2020, the added value of the core industries of the digital economy will account for 7.8% of GDP, and the vitality of development will continue to increase.

  According to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, my country’s digital economy has continued to improve its industrial base, and the world’s largest optical fiber network and 4G network have been built. The number of 5G mobile phone terminal user connections reached 280 million, accounting for more than 80% of the global proportion; the number of 5G standard essential patent declarations accounted for more than 38 %, ranking first in the world.

The software and information service industry, electronic information manufacturing industry, and communication service industry have developed rapidly.

Take software as an example. Last year, software business revenue reached 8.16 trillion yuan, a year-on-year increase of 13.3%.

  "Although there is wisdom, it is better to take advantage of the situation." Behind the rapid development of China's digital economy, it is inseparable from the national industrial layout and policy guidance.

  On May 13, 2020, the National Development and Reform Commission and 145 units jointly launched the "Digital Transformation Partnership Action (2020)" online to support small, medium and micro enterprises to reduce the cost of digital transformation, shorten the transformation cycle, and increase the success rate of transformation.

  The "14th Five-Year Plan" outlines the development goals of the digital economy in the next five years. On this basis, along with the blueprint for the development of the digital economy drawn in the "14th Five-Year Plan" outline, various localities and departments are rushing to build a new digital economy. The track is to strengthen the new engine of economic development and create new advantages in the digital economy. A series of heavy support policies are being stepped up.

  The National Development and Reform Commission stated that it will do a good job in the preparation of the "14th Five-Year" digital economy special plan, strengthen the innovative application of key digital technologies, accelerate the advancement of digital industrialization and industrial digitization, improve the digital governance system, and enhance the level of digital services.

In addition, relevant departments are studying and issuing policy documents to promote the "Internet +" in the new era, strengthening policy guidance for the key directions of the integration of the digital economy and the real economy, and further mobilizing social enthusiasm.

  New infrastructure is the foundation for consolidating the development of the digital economy.

The National Internet Information Office stated that it is stepping up the formulation of the "Fourteenth Five-Year" National Informatization Plan, which includes speeding up the optimization and upgrading of information infrastructure, accelerating the large-scale deployment of 5G networks, forward-looking deployment of 6G network technology reserves, and comprehensive promotion of IPv6 (Internet Protocol Version 6) scale deployment of applications.

  The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has previously made it clear that it will focus on the seven key digital economy industries and ten digital application scenarios listed in the "14th Five-Year Plan" outline, and focus its efforts on applications to promote big data, artificial intelligence, and blockchain. And other industries, focus on cultivating an open source ecosystem and create an internationally competitive digital industry cluster.

  Local governments have also actively promoted the construction of a digital economy, and the pace of digital transformation has been accelerating.

  Hunan proposed that by 2025, the added value of the core industries of the digital economy will account for 11% of the region's GDP, and the establishment of a national digital economy innovation leading zone, industry cluster zone and application pilot zone.

  Zhejiang proposes that by 2025, the added value of the core industries of the digital economy will account for 15% of the regional GDP, creating a global digital transformation highland.

  Sichuan started construction of 34 new infrastructure projects such as 5G base stations and big data centers.

  In Xiong'an New District, Hebei, the first ecological and environmental protection smart monitoring project based on 5G applications was launched, relying on China Unicom's high-speed, low-latency 5G network to realize 5G+VR drones, 5G+ multifunctional unmanned ships equipped with Beidou navigation and other innovative technologies , Monitor the water quality of Baiyangdian Lake.

  According to incomplete statistics, at present, more than 20 provinces and cities across the country have proposed target plans for the development of digital economy and accelerating digital transformation; there are more than 80 industrial Internet platforms with certain influence in the country; the number of various types of industrial apps exceeds 350,000 , Which strongly supported the industry's quality improvement, cost reduction and efficiency enhancement.

In terms of information consumption, we actively cultivate and promote new data-driven models and new business formats. Especially during the epidemic prevention and control period, online education, remote office, and online shopping have played a very important role.

  According to data from the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology, in 2020, the economic value added of my country's industrial Internet industry will reach 3.1 trillion yuan, and the economic impact brought about by integration will be about 2.5 trillion yuan, and its contribution to GDP growth will exceed 11%.

It is expected that in the "14th Five-Year Plan" period, the average annual growth rate of my country's digital economy will remain at about 15%.

Digital transformation makes high-quality development more dynamic

  The digital economy, a technology-based revolution, will undoubtedly drive changes in social production methods, lifestyles, and governance as a whole.

  Since the beginning of the 21st century, mobile communication technology has continued to develop, and digitization has become the goal of the development of all walks of life.

Governments and industry organizations in various countries are actively promoting the digital transformation of the industry and society.

Especially with the development of 5G, the digitization of the industry has been promoted to a new level.

  Since the advent of 5G, it has been entrusted with an important task in enabling the digitalization of the industry.

As a unified connection platform for future innovation, 5G can meet the needs of diverse scenarios, such as online education, networked medical care, smart transportation, smart factories, and massive Internet of Things. It will bring positive changes to many industries.

In particular, 5G combined with AI technology makes the interconnection of all things a reality. Information is like electricity, which shuttles between the cloud and the device, becoming a huge new energy, which has spawned many new industries and services.

  "4G changes life, 5G changes society", Meng Pu, chairman of Qualcomm China, believes that 5G, as a basic technology, will be applied everywhere to serve a better life and promote the development of thousands of industries.

  China is at the forefront of the world in terms of 5G construction and development. Not only has it built the world's largest 5G network and developed the most 5G users, it has also actively explored the empowerment of 5G in thousands of industries, and 5G industry applications have also continued to emerge.

In the next step, how to make 5G truly land in a variety of industries and make 5G applications truly effective has become the key to the development of 5G today.

  The "14th Five-Year Plan" outline proposes to lay out a new digital economy industrial ecology, build 5G-based application scenarios and industrial ecology, and carry out pilot demonstrations in key areas such as smart transportation, smart logistics, smart energy, and smart medical care.

  To this end, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology recently released the "5G Application "Sailing" Action Plan (2021-2023)" for soliciting comments, proposing to achieve breakthroughs in the depth and breadth of 5G applications in key areas by 2023, and the efficiency of 5G network usage has been significantly improved. The average annual growth rate of the number of end users of the Internet of Things exceeds 200%.

  The journey is tens of thousands of miles and the wind is vigorous, and the heavy task will start again.

  High-quality development is the theme of my country's economic and social development during the 14th Five-Year Plan period and beyond, and it is related to the overall situation of my country's socialist modernization.

Whether it is informatization or digitalization, the information and communication industry is a key support for promoting economic and social transformation.

  The release of the "Sailing" Action Plan sounded the clarion call for 5G to empower thousands of industries and promote the digital transformation of industries.

On the basis of vigorously promoting 5G application innovation in all walks of life, the development of 5G will further shift gears and speed up.

  Yu Xiaohui, president of the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology, believes that the current global new round of technological revolution and industrial transformation is in-depth development, and the new generation of information technologies such as 5G and artificial intelligence continue to break through and accelerate the integration and penetration of the manufacturing industry, and promote the production mode and organizational form of the manufacturing industry. , Business model and other reforms and reshaping, continue to make a leap and upgrade to digitalization

  He pointed out that in a new historical position, we must fully grasp the development opportunities of the integration of a new generation of information technology and manufacturing, explore a digital transformation path in line with my country's national conditions, continue to cultivate new drivers of economic development, and fully support the construction of a manufacturing power and a network power. , To make high-quality development more vigorous and accumulate new competitive advantages.