FILE PHOTO: the logo of the upcoming mobile standard, 5G will be shown at the Hannover fair in Hannover, Germany on March 31, 2019. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer
BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s three state-telecom on Thursday announced the roll-out of 5G, mobile phone services, marking a significant step in Beijing’s ambition to be a technology super-power at a time when it continues to be locked-in trade tensions with Washington.
China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom are said to be on their web sites and online shops who are 5G of the plans, which start from as low as 128 yuan) per month, and will be available starting on Friday, allowing Chinese consumers, nationwide use of ultra-fast mobile internet service.
Beijing had originally said it would launch an ultra-high-speed mobile internet service, which promises to support new features, such as autonomous driving, at the beginning of next year. But, it is accelerating its plans as tensions with the United States, and, in particular, the us telecoms giant Huawei Technologies, which is heated up.
“China is the largest commercial, operational 5G network in the world on Friday, and the scale of its network and the price of the 5G services will have a significant impact on the entire supply chain,” Bernstein said in a report published this week.
The authorities have said that they are planning to install more than 50,000 5G, base stations are spread out across 50 cities in China, in the country at the end of the year, and in the large towns and cities, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hangzhou, have already been covered by the 5G network.
Chinese companies Xiaomi, to, Huawei has also unveiled new products in anticipation of the 5G roll-out, Huawei said that it expects to start seeing a revenue uplift of the sector in the next year.
The Smartphone marker Xiaomi said earlier this month that it plans to launch more than 10 to 5G, phones are for next year, and that there is a fear in the industry that the consumer would end up with the purchase of the 4G model.
(This story refiles to correct to “stop” for buying, not the “start” button, in the last paragraph below)
Reporting Yingzhi Yang in Beijing and Brenda Goh in Shanghai; Editing by Christian Schmollinger and Gerry Doyle