The procedure was carried out on Saturday and lasted about three hours. It isn’t clear exactly how Dr Ling controlled the machines from his location, only that he was able to use mobile internet to move them ‘almost in real time’.
Dr Ling was working in the city of Sanya on the island of Hainan, which is off the south coast of China, near Vietnam. Beijing, meanwhile, is in the north. Dr Ling said: ‘The 5G network has solved problems like video lag and remote control delay experienced under the 4G network, ensuring a nearly real-time operation. And you barely feel that the patient is 3,000 kilometers away.’