A $6 billion high-speed rail line connecting China with its Southeast Asian neighbour Laos opened on Friday, a milestone in Beijing's ambitious Belt and Road infrastructure plans.
The China-Laos Railway (which runs more than 1,035 kilometers from Kunming in Southwest China to the Laotian capital Vientiane) link features Huawei Smart Railway Solution, a technology suite that boosts safety and security in all phases, from the construction stage to the operational phase.
Huawei has worked closely with Laotian telecom operators to build a high-speed network along the high-speed line, said a press release from the Chinese multinational technology corporation. The stable connection it provides will benefit passengers, as well as rural residents along the way.
The new rail link transforms the grueling 2-day road journey between the two cities into a smooth and comfortable 3-hour ride. The first train line in Laos, turns the landlocked country into one that’s linked to one of China’s largest cities.
“The launch of the Laos-China Railway reflects the grand vision of leaders of both countries. It marks the culmination of five years of tireless efforts by workers in both countries. Huawei worked with Laos telecom operators to build the wireless network along the railway,” said Dr. Boviengkham VONGDARA, Minister of Technology and Communications of Laos.
“With 5G coverage available shortly, people will enjoy a stable, high-speed, and smart connectivity. Working on the train and getting in touch with friends and families anytime anywhere will become a possibility. Thanks to everyone’s big contributions to this project. Following the opening of this railway, we shall implement One-Belt-One-Road on the digital stage as well,” Boviengkham added.
The project director of Huawei Laos, Somlith Nammanininh said, “As a Huawei employee who participated in the network construction of the whole railway, I look forward to seeing the merge of digital technology and modern transportation bring a brighter future to the country.”