- Three state telecoms rolled out 5G services on 1 November
- 5G, or fifth generation internet, will have super fast speeds and wider coverage
China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom made 5G plans available in stores and online from Friday,1 November. 5G promises to reduce lag while increasing speed, and is more efficient than its predecessor, 4G. 4G offers a peak speed of 1Gb/s while 5G is said to be able to reach 20Gb/s.
Chinese state telecoms initially planned to launch 5G early in 2020. The early release of 5G has been dubbed a pivotal step in Beijing’s plan to become a technology superpower, especially critical considering trade tensions with the United States.
China will be the largest operating commercial network on 5G in the world. Big Chinese cities – Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hangzhou – are already covered by the network. China has plans to install another 50 000 base stations to provide coverage to more than 50 cities in China by the end of 2019.
Technology giants Huawei and Xiaomi have released new products specifically for the 5G rollout. Both companies are predicting growth in profits following the launch of 5G.
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