Yesterday, the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology issued 5G licenses to four major carriers which include China Telecom, China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Radio and Television. This means that the four operators will be able to formally build a commercial 5G network in China. It marks the official entry of 5G into China. China Telecom, China Mobile and China Unicom will cover at least 40 cities this year. Now the first cities to get 5G services from China Mobile/China Unicom has been unveiled.
The cities include Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Chongqing, Hefei, Fuzhou, Lanzhou, Guangzhou, Nanning, Guiyang, Haikou, Shijiazhuang, Zhengzhou, Harbin, Wuhan, Changsha, Changchun, Nanjing, Nanchang, Shenyang, Hohhot, Yinchuan, Xining, Jinan, Taiyuan, Xi’an, Chengdu, Lhasa, Urumqi, Kunming, Hangzhou, Dalian, Qingdao, Ningbo, Xiamen, Shenzhen, Xiong’an, Zhangjiakou, Suzhou, Wenzhou.
China Telecom has not disclosed its full list of areas to cover but Yingtan and Qionghai are the first 5G cities unique to telecommunications. China Telecom has conducted 5G scale testing and application demonstrations in 17 cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Xiong’an, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Wuhan, Chengdu, Fuzhou, Lanzhou, Qionghai, Nanjing, Haikou, Yingtan and Ningbo. On this basis, these cities are on track to get 5G commercial services from China Telecom.
Previously, China Mobile has already distributed 5G phones and 198-segment 5G SIM cards for the first batch of 5G users. Early adopters can experience the 5G network from Chinese major carriers with record download speeds. However, it appears that the upload speed is not as impressive as the download speed.