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CIO Workshop 2012: Shanghai ICT-A Status Report

F.Y. Teng | July 23, 2012
The Vice Chairman of the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Economy and Informatization, Liu Jian, and the state of the ICT in his city today.

Liu Jian, Vice Chairman, Shanghai Municipal Commission of Economy and Informatization

On the second leg of this year's CIO Workshop organised by the professional body IT Management Association of Singapore (ITMA) and global management consulting firm Accenture, held in Shanghai (July 19-21, 2012), the first main speaker of the day Liu Jian, Vice Chairman of the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Economy and Informatization presented his city's plans running through the next decade, as it transforms itself into a Smart City that's totally prepped for the future.

In his presentation-"Building Future-oriented Smart City"-Liu covered three topics: the main achievements of informatization development in Shanghai in the last four years; the overall considerations his executive planning teams have had to ponder as they went about putting together their smart city; and, the priorities they determined and now strictly follow as they continue to build it. In this (the first) part of our coverage of his keynote, we look at his status report on the state of ICT development and deployment in Shanghai.

Citing the impact and influence of Shanghai's successive ninth, tenth and eleventh five-year plans, Liu said: The ninth five-year planning period brought on a sped up construction of the city's information infrastructure; the tenth five-year planning period saw to breakthroughs achieved in IT industry development and IT application in the city; and, the eleventh five-year planning period (currently in motion) is carrying out the city leaders' strategy of making informatization a pioneering force in the development of industry in general across the city.

And Liu had evidence to show for Shanghai's successes achieved as they followed through the ninth, tenth and eleventh five-year plans. Since 2009, comprehensive service ability of information infrastructure for the city has been improved, and clearly today serves as a strong foundation for the enhancement of myriad city functions, he said. Shanghai started construction of its optical broadband network in 2009, and by the end of June this year, it was supporting more than six million users; Shanghai's 3G network is already up and running today; Shanghai has to date seen through the completion of six systems and 10 seabed optical cables, which now altogether offers more than 4Tbps of bandwidth; and, Shanghai, which saw its international portal bandwidth hitting 450Gbps in 2011, today is the first city in China with MAN [metropolitan area network] portal bandwidth reaching Tbps levels.

Liu went on to talk about how successful Shanghai's leadership has been in getting sectors and industries to deploy IT in their product and service operations and development. E-commerce transaction value rose from RMB208.7 billion in 2006 to RMB550.8 billion in 2011. [Our] e-port platform's functions like transaction, supervision, logistics and payment have been extended, he said. [We have been successful in] promoting the deep integration of informatization and industrialization, and in building platforms for key public services such as city grid-based management, transportation information management and joint emergency response coordination. Liu also cited the successful deployment of IT during the management of the Shanghai World Expo in 2010 as a clear indication of how well the city has done in realising its "Better City, Better Life" vision-which is all about one big step to becoming a smart city.


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