China tops 110 million 5G users in less than a year – ClearTips
More than 110 million users in China have signed up for 5G plans at an industry event on Wednesday, the announced chairman of the China Academy for Information and Communications Technology (CAICT), a think tank under the Telecom Watchdog Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
The number is still a small fraction of the total membership. In June, China’s three state-carriers collectively commanded some 1.6 billion mobile customers (with China’s 1.4 billion population suggesting ownership of one mobile device per person).
China’s 5G ambition is a multi-pronged effort between the government, network carriers, telecom equipment manufacturers, device manufacturers and software developers. Policymakers need to show consumers improved network speeds, and such carriers are aggressively setting up 5G base stations across the country – more than 460,000 towers by July.
In July, an official said that China is adding 15,000 new 5G base stations on an average every week. The government plans to increase that number to 600,000 by 2020 covering all prefectural levels across the country. A clear winner in China’s 5G push is Huawei, which builds both 5G devices and the infrastructure that goes through next-gen networks.
Meanwhile, Huawei, Oppo, Xiaomi and their rivals are in the running to launch 5G compatible handsets. According to data recently released by CAICT, China has sold over 93 million units of 5G mobile phones so far this year. 5G phones accounted for 60% of total shipments in August.
China’s rapid change to 5G is also meeting the need for new hardware parts like integrated circuits. The country produced more than 100 billion units of ICS during the first half of 2020, representing a 16.4% year-on-year profit, an industry official said in July, much more than 5G-related projects The demand has come.