More than 110 million users in China have signed up for 5G plans, announced president of the China Academy for Information and Communications Technology (CAICT), a they thought under the Minister of Industry and Information Technology, at an industry event on Wednesday.
The number is still a small part of the overall subscription. In June, China’s three state-owned carriers ordered it collectively some 1.6 billion mobile subscribers (suggesting China’s 1.4 billion people own more than one mobile device per capita).
China’s 5G ambition is a multiple effort between the government, network carriers, telecommunications equipment manufacturers, device manufacturers and software developers. Policy makers need to show consumers a visible improvement in network speed, and so carriers have aggressively installed 5G base stations across the country – more than 460,000 towers in July.
China adds an average of 15,000 new 5G base stations each week, he said an officer in July. The government plans to raise this number to 600,000 by the end of 2020, covering all prefecture-level cities across the country. A clear winner in China’s 5G push is Huawei, which makes 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 more than 93 million units of 5G mobile phones this year so far, according to it recent data issued by CAICT. 5G phones accounted for 60% of total shipments in August.
China’s rapid transition to 5G is also driving the need for new pieces of hardware such as integrated circuits. The country produced more than 100 billion units of CI during the first half of 2020, representing a 16.4% year-over-year gain, he said an industry official in July, adding that much of the demand is coming from 5G-related projects.