City to Further Develop Information Technology in the Next Five Years
Part of the city’s five year plan is to further develop the information technology across the city that will solve all problems related to slow internet access to a simpler way to pay for everyday services. According to plan, Shenzhen will be integrating a resident’s ID card with the city social security, financial establishments, library and other type of cards.
This integration of cards have been long expected with the Shenzhen Trandcards along with Hong Kong’s Octopus cards in which the integration will create one single card that can be use for all services in 2017 allowing Shenzhen residents and Hong Kong residents to ride subways and buses in both city and pay for services with one card. Shenzhen also plans to integrate its transcard with Lingnantong cards so Shenzheners can use public transportation in Guangdong. Telecommunication fees in Shenzhen, Huizhou and Dongguan will be unified over the next five years.
Also by 2017, the Information Technology expansion will include a massive growth in the broadband internet access which will cover around 90 percent of households in Shenzhen, with wireless technology access at 99 percent. The plans also showed optical fibers to be connected to 2 million households in five years time.
Along with the plans to develop the city’s information technology, the city mobile services will also be expanded giving them mobile paying functions for different services.