Hunan Province Launches 100 Digital “New Infrastructure” Projects Worth $8.2 Billion

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The central Chinese province of Hunan has unveiled ambitious plans for spending on digital “new infrastructure” projects.

The Hunan province Industry and Information Technology Office recently unveiled a list of 100 projects for 2020 in the area of “Digital New Infrastructure,” worth total investment of 56.378 billion yuan (approx. USD$8.2 billion).

These projects include 12 5G projects, 21 big data projects, 24 artificial intelligence projects, 42 Industrial Internet of Things projects, and 23 projects categorised as Ministry of Industry and Information Technology key projects.

The largest project on the list is the “Zhonglian Smart Industry City Development Project” (中联智慧产业城建设项目), which will involve total investment of 23 billion yuan, 3 billion of which has already been made.

Since the 2020 Two Ses­sions con­gres­sional meet­ing held in May Chinese authorities have made increasing ref­er­ence to the need for “new in­fra­struc­ture” to drive the dig­i­tal de­vel­op­ment of Chi­nese in­dus­try. 

Ac­cord­ing to the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) “new in­fra­struc­ture” will con­sist pri­mar­ily of the three ar­eas of in­for­ma­tion in­fra­struc­ture (信息基础设施), in­te­gra­tion in­fra­struc­ture (融合基础设施) and in­no­va­tion in­fra­struc­ture (创新基础设施). 

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