As China seeks to become a global technology leader, China’s mobile operators have begun to provide 5G services to consumers.
China’s three major telecom operators China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Telecom, announced its 5G data plans on Thursday, October 31, 2019. Now, 5G is being put into commercial use in China already, as Beijing and Washington are involved in a continuing trade and technology competition.
Nonetheless, South Korea, the United States, and the United Kingdom have launched the next generation of 5G network services this year.
5G is the abbreviation of “Fifth Generation Mobile Communication System,” which will provide faster data download and upload speed, accompanied by broader coverage and stable connection (and low cost in the long-run).
Chinese operators originally planned to launch commercial 5G services next year, but later accelerated the launch speed.
According to official media reports, the ultra-high-speed service is currently open to consumers in 50 Chinese cities, including Beijing and Shanghai, with monthly fees ranging from 128 yuan to 599 yuan.
The Chinese government affirmed in a statement that by the end of this year, more than 130,000 5G base stations would be activated to support 5G network coverage.
The statement said that this will make China’s 5G network one of the largest 5G deployments in the world.
China and USA in the 5G Hustle
In recent months, China and the United States have been competing for the leading position in the global technology industry. China’s technology giant Huawei has become the vortex center for the scientific and technological wrestling between the two countries.
Notably, Huawei has provided large-scale network equipment for China’s 5G projects and has been negotiating with other countries to help them build 5G networks, too.
However, the United States has blacklisted Huawei, saying it poses a risk to national security and lobbying its allies not to let Huawei enter their 5G network. Huawei denied all the allegations by Trump-government. Many Chinese believe that the US action is part of its attempt to curb the rise of the world’s second-largest economy.
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