The Strategist

Chinese mobile operators set to deploy over 550,000 5G stations in 2020

06/08/2020 - 05:48

Chinese mobile operators intend to install more than 550 thousand 5G base stations across the country by the end of the year, the PRC Ministry of Industry and Information said on Saturday.

"The number of 5G base stations in our country is increasing by about 10 thousand weekly," the ministry said in a statement.

It is reported that at the end of May this year, China Mobile's mobile operator installed 140 thousand base stations, and by the end of the year plans to install another 300 thousand in more than 340 cities.

China Telecom and China Unicom jointly installed a total of 140 thousand stations and plan to install at least 250 thousand by October.

Also, according to the agency, by the end of May, the supply of smartphones supporting 5G in the domestic market of China reached 59.8 million units; it is planned that by the end of 2020 this figure will reach 180 million.

The commercial use of fifth-generation networks began in China on November 1. The licenses for the commercial use of 5G are held by the main mobile operators of China Telecom, China Unicom and China Mobile, as well as the Chinese Media Corporation, which includes China International Radio, China Central Television and Central folk radio.

Initially, commercial use of the fifth generation network began in the 50 largest cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Tianjin, Wuhan, Jinan. By the end of the year, it is planned to cover all the cities of district significance with the fifth generation network by the end of 2020.