China is planning to triple the number of its 5G base stations in the next five years. It is aiming to have a total of 3.64 million base stations by the end of 2025, local media reports said.
China will have 26 5G base stations for every 10,000 people if the target is achieved. In comparison, in 2020, there were five 5G base stations for every 10,000 people in the country.
Xie Cun, Director, Information and Communication Development told the media, “China so far has already built more than 1.15 million 5G base stations, accounting for more than 70 percent of the global total, and 5G network coverage has been achieved in urban areas of all prefecture-level cities, 97 percent of counties and 40 percent of rural towns across the country. The 5G mobile subscriber accounts in China, numbering some 450 million, make up over 80 percent of the global total.”
Earlier this month, the long-awaited Brazil 5g spectrum sale raised a total of $8.5 billion making it the second-largest auction of assets in the country’s history. National licences and several regional allocations went to the primary operators; America Movil’s Claro, Telecom Italia’s TIM Brasil and Telefonica’s Vivo.
New player in the market Winity II also won a nationwide block in the 700MHz band, but the business is yet to announce its plans. Other telecom operators like Sercomtel, Brisanet, Consorcio 5G Sul, Cloud2u, Algar Telecom, Neko and Fly Link won regional or limited licenses during the auction.