In the first half of this year, data from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China shows that more than 900,000 base stations have been built in China. At the time, the Ministry claims that the number of 5G base stations will soon exceed one million. Now the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has confirmed that China has more than 1 million 5G base stations. It also claims that the country now has the world’s largest 5G independent network.
According to reports, Han Xia, chief engineer of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China, said at a press conference held in Beijing that currently, China has more than 1 million 5G base stations. New key network technologies such as end-to-end network slicing have accelerated 5G implementation. Previously, China’s 5G base stations accounted for 70% of the world’s total. Also, China’s 5G connections account for more than 80% of the world’s total. This is far ahead of other countries.
In its next step, China will strengthen its support and investment in 5G. It will invest in 5G big data, basic software, industrial software, artificial intelligence, and other basic core technologies. It will also promote advanced industrial foundations and industrial chain modernization. In addition, Shang Bing, chairman of the Internet Society of China, suggested that it is necessary to vigorously promote the construction of new-generation information and communication infrastructure such as 5G and gigabit networks and to deploy 6G and other new network technology research and development.
Furthermore, China believes that it is necessary to enhance technological innovation capabilities. It will accelerate breakthroughs in key technologies such as high-end chips, network slicing, and basic software.
China is far ahead of the world in 5G deployment
As of the end of last year, China had 718,000 5G base stations, accounting for 70% of the world’s total. This year, the country will have well over 1 million 5G base stations. A professor at Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Sun Songlin, said
“China is currently building a large-scale 5G network, which is far ahead of the world, and there are many voices of doubt in the industry. In the 4G era, China’s mobile Internet applications are number one in the world…but earlier deployments in the United States, Europe, Japan, and other countries and regions are not as prosperous as China. To be precise, it was the large-scale, wide-coverage 4G that detonated the mobile Internet. From the very beginning, 5G will roll out on a large scale and with wide coverage. It is the same logic. In the process of long-term integration with the industry, new business forms will be produced and industrial upgrading and digital transformation will be promoted”.