China tops 110 million 5G users in less than a year – ProWellTech
More than 110 million users in China have signed up for 5G plans, the president of the China Academy for Information and Communications Technology (CAICT), a telecommunications-controlled think tank of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, announced Wednesday. Wednesday at an industry event.
The number is still a small fraction of the overall subscription. In June, China’s three state-owned carriers collectively commanded about 1.6 billion mobile subscribers (suggesting that 1.4 billion China’s inhabitants owned more than one mobile device per capita).
China’s 5G ambition is a multi-pronged effort between government, network operators, telecom equipment manufacturers, device manufacturers, and software developers. Policymakers need to show consumers a visible improvement in network speed, and as such, carriers aggressively installed 5G base stations across the country – more than 460,000 towers by July.
China added an average of 15,000 new 5G base stations every week, an official said in July. The government plans to increase that number to 600,000 by the end of 2020, covering all prefecture-level cities nationwide. A clear winner of the 5G push in China is Huawei, which produces both 5G devices and the infrastructure that supports the next-generation network.
Meanwhile, Huawei, Oppo, Xiaomi and their rivals are rushing to launch 5G compatible phones. China has sold over 93 million units of 5G cell phones so far this year, according to recent data released by CAICT. 5G phones accounted for 60% of total shipments in August.
China’s rapid shift to 5G is also driving the need for new hardware parts such as integrated circuits. The country produced over 100 billion units of ICs during the first half of 2020, representing a 16.4% year-over-year increase, an industry official said in July, adding that much of the demand came from related projects. to 5G.