China invests heavily in 5G infrastructure

Information from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China (MIIT) said that by the end of September, China had deployed more than 690,000 5G base stations nationwide.

Subscribers use applications like ultra-high definition video, cloud-based games, and virtual reality, the data also shows. 5G network has reached nearly 160 million.

In the first three quarters of 2020, revenue from the country’s telecommunications industry amounted to 1.02 trillion yuan (about $ 150 billion), up 18.6 percent year-on-year, Huang Libin, spokesman MIIT member said.

China’s investment in fixed assets in the telecommunications sector grew 16.5% year-on-year in the first nine months of the year. Accordingly, one third of the total investment in this field is oriented to the 5G segment.

The number of Chinese carriers’ 5G subscribers is also growing rapidly. China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile operator by number of subscribers, reported that, in the third quarter of 2020, there were 44 million 5G subscribers and ended September with a total of 114 million subscribers. 5G, compared with 70 million 5G subscribers at the end of June.

Meanwhile, operator China Telecom added 7.66 million 5G subscribers in September, bringing its total 5G subscribers to 64.8 million. Operator China Unicom alone has not disclosed its existing 5G subscriber numbers.

In June 2019, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology officially licensed the deployment of commercial 5G networks in the country. Those 5G licenses have been granted to China Mobile, China Unicom, China Telecom, and China State Broadcasting Network – China Broadcasting Network.

Currently, major Chinese cities including the capital Beijing and Shenzhen have full 5G coverage and the rollout of 5G is also accelerating in Shanghai.

Phan Van Hoa(from rcrwireless)

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