China has reached about 96 per cent of its target to build 500,000 5G base stations this year
- More than 480,000 5G base stations have already been completed in China this year, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology
- There are about 100 million devices connected to the next-generation network in the world’s second-largest economy
There are about 100 million devices connected to 5G networks in mainland China, according to Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) director Wen Ku, who provided the updated numbers at a conference in Beijing last week.
At the same event, MIIT minister Xiao Yaqing also said there were more than 60 million 5G users in the country, according to state-run Xinhua News Agency.
With peak data rates up to 100 times faster than what current 4G networks provide, 5G has been hyped as “the connective tissue” for the Internet of Things (IoT), autonomous cars, smart cities and other new mobile applications, establishing the backbone for the industrial internet.
China is rushing to roll out the next-generation wireless network as it battles with the US for global dominance in cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence, 5G mobile technology, and IoT, all of which are considered necessary tools and abilities to compete in the global economy.
From January to June this year, 119 out of 197 new smartphone models released in China were 5G phones, according to the China Academy of Information and Communication Technology (CAICT), a research institute under MIIT. Shipments for 5G-enabled phones accounted for 45 per cent of the country’s total smartphone shipments, CAICT added in a report.