TELECOM | China Telecom launches around 75,000 5G base stations

China Telecom, one of the major telecommunications operators of China, has put about 75,000 5G base stations in operation nationwide, industrial data showed.

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BEIJING — China Telecom, one of the major telecommunications operators of China, has put about 75,000 5G base stations in operation nationwide, industrial data showed.

Actively promoting work resumption amid the epidemic outbreak, the company aims at completing the construction of 300,000 5G base stations by the end of this year.

China Telecom will work with China Unicom, another telecom giant, to build 250,000 5G base stations across the country by the end of the third quarter.

According to the plan, the two firms will build 16,000 shared 5G base stations in Zhejiang Province in the first half of the year and 30,000 stations in Jiangsu Province by the end of the third quarter, while a 5G mobile gigabit network covering central urban areas and major towns of Shanghai is expected to be built by the end of the year.

The country will expedite the construction of “new infrastructure” projects such as 5G networks and data centers, shoring up information services for the new consumption.

Over 600,000 5G base stations constructed by 2020: MIIT

China will quicken the development of 5G network construction with more than 600,000 5G base stations expected to be built nationwide by the end of 2020, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).

Prefecture-level cities are expected to achieve continuous outdoor connection of the 5G network within the year, with key areas in counties and townships to be covered, as well as major indoor scenarios, said MIIT.

Some 164,000 5G base stations had been established across the country by the end of February, MIIT data showed.

The telecom enterprises will be encouraged to promote 5G terminal consumption and accelerate the migration of users to 5G through package upgrades and purchases with credit.

MIIT statistics also showed shipments of 5G mobile phone products reached 26 million sets as of March 26.

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