China has plans to make 5G networks available to the masses earlier than expected. The country has the intention to narrow its technology gap with the US.
China has recently rolled out 5G wireless technology in three major states. China Mobile, one of the country’s largest mobile carrier, announced that its 5G services were available in 50 cities which includes big cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen. Their packages are starting at 128 yuan ($18) per month. However, its rivals China Unicorn and China Telecom are also offering services and packages at affordable prices. This ultra-fast mobile internet service is 100 times faster than existing 4G networks which allows customers to download full-length films within seconds.
High-frequency spectrums most commonly provide the fastest internet speeds. In China and other countries of the world, 5G development is focused on the low range of the spectrums.
This technology is going to show the way for further automation in various industries including factories. It allows users to remotely control appliances such as ovens, coffee makers via the internet.
- China is expected to be a leader in the high adoption of 5G services with more than 150 million subscribers by next year.
- As per the experts, China is estimated to have over 600 million 5G subscribers by 2025 which accounts for around 40 percent of the global total.
China has plans to integrate applications of 5G in industries such as transportation, energy, agriculture, education and health. Over the past few years, 5G technology has attracted significant investments and attention from governments and industries for its vast potential.
- 5G networks are witnessed as a boon to the Internet of Things. This could lead to mass adoption of self-driving cars, robotic surgeries and high growth of smart cities outfitted with high-tech features such as A.I. – powered traffic lights.
- Also, Beijing has been prepared for a quick roll-out of the technology that is ultimately developing a 5G network as one of the investment priorities of this year.
- Shanghai had activated around 11,000 5G base stations by mid-October. This will support the 5G network coverage across the city’s key outdoor areas.
Though China has achieved success in the domestic market. It is interesting to note that Chinese telecom equipment giants have faced regulatory push back abroad.
- The US Federal Communications Commission said that it was considering blocking telecom carriers from buying equipment from Chinese tech companies Huawei and ZTE
- US has concerns that Huawei’s equipment could contain security loopholes that might allow China to keep a watch on global communications traffic.
Huawei has always denied U.S. claims that it provides the Chinese government access to other countries’ data. Huawei is responsible for building nearly half of the country’s 5G network. For the last few years, Huawei has aggressively pursed contracts to build 5G across the globe. China’s commercialization of 5G will provide a major push to some of its leading technology companies, notably Huawei.