Over 110 million users in China have signed up for 5G plans, the president of the Chinese Academy of Information and Communication Technology (CAICT), a think tank of the Ministry of Telecommunications Industry and Information Technology, announced on Wednesday at an industry event.
The number is still a small fraction of the total subscription. In June, China̵
China’s 5G ambition is a multi-layered effort between government, network operators, telecommunications equipment manufacturers, device makers and software developers. Policy makers need to show consumers a visible improvement in network speed. As a result, carriers across the country have aggressively deployed 5G base stations – more than 460,000 towers by July.
China added an average of 15,000 new 5G base stations every week, an official said in July. The government plans to increase that number to 600,000 by the end of 2020 to cover all cities at the prefectural level across the country. A clear winner in China’s 5G push is Huawei, which manufactures both 5G devices and the infrastructure of the next-gen network.
In the meantime, Huawei, Oppo, Xiaomi and their competitors are rushing to launch 5G compatible phones. According to the latest data released by CAICT, China has sold over 93 million units of 5G mobile phones so far this year. 5G phones made up 60% of all broadcasts in August.
China’s rapid transition to 5G is also increasing the need for new hardware parts such as integrated circuits. The country produced over 100 billion units of ICs in the first half of 2020, up 16.4% year-over-year, an industry rep said in July, adding that much of the demand was coming from 5G-related projects.