China's 5G network users exceed 160 million

July 16, 2021 4:46 am

By the end of 2020, China had more than 160 million 5G network users, accounting for approximately 89% of the global 5G users, according to a report released at the China Internet Conference on Tuesday.

Details: As of the end of 2020, the number of Chinese Internet users was 989 million, and the Internet penetration rate was 70.4%, said the report.

It also said that China has built the world's largest optical fiber network, 4G and 5G standalone network, and has constructed 916,000 5G base stations, taking up 70% of the global total.

According to another guidance recently issued by 10 state agencies including the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, it is estimated that by 2023, 5G users across the country will exceed 560 million, the penetration rate of 5G network in individual users is to exceed 40 %. 

Context: China has taken the lead in the world's 5G network rollout and aims to complete the construction of the 5G network during the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-25) period.

The next-generation network will profoundly change daily life and work style in personal consumption and social interaction, including entertainment, healthcare, and urban governance.