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5G base stations in China to reach 130,000 by year-end

China 5G base stations

The number of 5G base stations in China is expected to reach 130, 000 by the end of the year, according to the minister of industry and information technology, Miao Wei.

Currently, China has around 113, 000 5G base stations.

China’s state-owned mobile carrier China Mobile alone has deployed around 50,000 of the 5G base stations in the country.

At the ongoing 2019 World 5G Convention in Beijing, Miao Wei said, “There have been 870,000 subscribers to the 5G packages, and the development momentum is good. In addition to interpersonal communication, the vast majority of applications will be used in areas such as the Internet of Vehicles and industrial Internet.”

“China will give full play to its institutional and market advantages, promote the integration and application of 5G in industrial development, information consumption, public services, social governance, and other areas, to facilitate digital transformation.”

While speaking at the 5G convention, the minister highlighted the importance of international cooperation in China’s 5G sector. He welcomed global enterprises to work together to develop the 5G ecosystem in China.

The minister also stressed the importance of a unified standard for the development of the global mobile telecommunication sector. According to him, a global unified 5G international standard has been formed under the general framework of 3GPP, which is a result of the relentless efforts of telecom operators, equipment manufacturers, and research institutions around the world.

China Mobile, which is the largest mobile service provider in the world in terms of subscribers, provides 5G services in 50 cities, according to its chairman Yang Jie. The carrier is working with Huawei, Ericsson, and ZTE to deploy 5G services in the country.

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