Chinese mobile operators launch commercial 5G services

FILE PHOTO: A man looks at his phone as he walks past a sign of 5G on a street in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China. REUTERS/Stringer/File photo

China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom have each confirmed that they have launched commercial 5G services. Each player has activated their network in 50 cities from launch, including the likes of Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Tianjin, Wuhan, Jinan and Zhengzhou.

China Mobile notes that it has built more than 40,000 5G base transceiver stations (BTS) in 50 key cities and has carried out 5G network construction in more than 300 cities across the country. In 2020, the mobile giant will further expand its network coverage, with a view to providing 5G services to all cities above the prefecture level.

China Unicom and China Telecom, meanwhile, have shared construction of BTS in 24 cities, as per an agreement signed on 9 September. Going forward, the two parties have suggested that the collaboration will represent the ‘world’s first and largest 5G joint construction and sharing network’.

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