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China builds 810,000 5G base stations, accounting for 70% of the world's total, MIIT data shows

May 18, 2021 3:00 pm

Beijing (PingWest)- China has built more than 819,000 5G base stations as the end of the first quarter of 2021 , accounting for 70% of the world's total 5G base stations, according to the report released by China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).

Detail: The ministry also estimated 280 million smartphone users are connecting to 5G network, which account for 80% of total 5G smartphone users globally. China shipped 91 million 5G smartphones between January and April this year, accounting for 73% of total smartphone shipment in the country.

Chinese operators added a total of 69.5 million 5G subscribers in the first quarter, making the total number of 5G subscribers reached 390 million so far.

China Mobile added 23.75 million 5G subscribers in the first quarter, taking its total 5G subscriber to 189 million.

Meanwhile, rival operator China Telecom added a total of 24.7 million 5G subscribers in the first quarter to take its total 5G subscribers base to 111 million.

China Unicom ended first quarter with 91.85 million 5G subscribers, adding 21 million new 5G subscriber.

Context: China is expected to reach 739 million 5G subscribers by 2025, according to a recent study by ABI Research.

This figure would represent nearly 40% of the global market share in the 5G segment.

The Chinese government is also focusing on the development of non-yet-standardized 6G technology. The government and industry experts have outlined a plan to advance 6G technology between 2021 and 2025.

In May 2020, Chinese telecom operator ZTE and China Unicom reached an agreement for the development of 6G technologies.

Under the terms of the agreement, ZTE and China Unicom announced plans to cooperate on 6G technological innovation and standards while actively promoting the in-depth integration of 6G with satellite networks, the internet of things (IoT), the internet of vehicles, and industrial IoT.