The highways are open to traffic, the network is available everywhere, people can video chat at any time, and online shopping and mobile payment become a part of people's life.
Sumdo Village of Trarong Town, Sagya County, Xigaze City, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, is a semi-agricultural and semi-pastoral village. In the past, due to the instability of network signal, villagers always needed to find a high place to call so as to not hang up halfway.
"A signal tower was set up here months ago, and we have stable 4G network signal now. I can video chat with my daughter who is studying outside Tibet whenever and wherever, and I don't need to worry about inaudibility." Nyima Tsering, a villager of Sumdo Village, says with a smile.
Migmar opens a shop in Sumdo Village. After the 4G network is stabilized, she puts a WeChat's QR code at the most conspicuous position of her shop, and says that WeChat payment is much more convenient than before. Besides, she can also purchase goods through Internet. She only needs to deal with the suppliers about deliver time and types of goods, and as long as the payment is made online, the goods will be delivered directly to her home, which saves a lot of time.
These changes in the village are all benefited from the implement of the fourth batch telecom universal service, which provides the villagers with stable 4G network. "The network signal is stable, so the villagers can call and video chat at anytime and anywhere, which delivers tangible benefits to the masses. People's life style and ideas are also changing quietly," says Chosphel, director of the village committee.
"Although in the early stage, most telecommunication enterprises have taken efforts to extend 4G network to most administrative villages, there are still some villages haven't been covered due to the remote location, inconvenient transportation, and lack of power supply. After starting the pilot work of the fourth batch telecom universal service, we have brought the remaining villages into the pilot project range. Through building 4G network base stations, we will develop the broadband construction in rural areas, promote the equalization of basic public service in urban and rural areas, lift the level of rural area's economic society and construction of information, and get through the 'last mile' of serving people," says a representative person of Tibet Autonomous Region Communications Administration.
Xigaze City has 18 counties, 204 towns and 1673 administrative villages. Until now, basic telecom operators have completed the full coverage of regional fiber broadband and 4G signal in all areas above township level; completed 100% coverage of optical fiber in all villages; enabled 1,630 villages to have 4G networks, with the coverage rate reaching 94.4%; achieved full coverage of 4G network and fiber broadband in all scenic spots above A-grade, and achieved over 90% coverage rate of 4G network signal on important national highways, high-grade highways and railways.