(Yicai Global) March 29 -- China United Network Communications Group Co., better known as China Unicom, one of China's three major state-run telecom operators, opened a 4K video technology research and development (R&D) center in Guangzhou, capital of the southeastern Guangdong province, to support business innovation in the field.
The R&D center will develop innovative products and services with proprietary intellectual property rights and provide substantial industrial supporting capacity in the province, said state-run People's Daily on its website, citing company officials speaking at the company's 4K video industrial development conference in Guangzhou.
Guangdong published a technology strategy plan last year to build China's first 4K industrial demonstration zone in the province within three to five years. 4K resolution, often called 4K, refers to a horizontal screen display resolution in the order of 4,000 pixels.
China Unicom as the official sponsor of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games will bring a sports visual feast to tens of millions of audiences worldwide through its 4K video livestream, the company announced.
Video-based information and ultra-high-definition video have become the latest major trend in the information technology industry, said Lu Yimin, vice chairman and general manager of China Unicom. As the supplier of video platforms and video networks, operators will act as the engine for the upgrading in the video industry, Lu added.
In 2016, China Unicom released its video app Wo TV, whose user number had exceeded 30 million by the end of last year.