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China Grants 5G Licenses to China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom
Source: www.telecompaper.com
Source Date: Thursday, June 06, 2019
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, ICT for MDGs, Citizen Engagement, Internet Governance
Country: China
Created: Jun 08, 2019

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has granted commercial 5G licences to the country’s three telecom operators China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, as well as to cable network company China Broadcasting Network. "This [5G license award] marks China’s official entry to the 5G era," Huawei said. The company and ZTE both announced they will "fully support" Chinese operators in the deployment of their 5G networks. 

China Mobile has announced that it has received the operating permit for 5G mobile services from the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. The Ministry has also allowed China Mobile to expand the scope of operations of all LTE FDD-related businesses including voice services, data services and mobile IoT to the entire country. China Mobile now plans to focus on the implementation of its ‘5G+’ plan, and continue to work together with industry players in planning and promoting 5G development across the country. 

China Telecom has also been granted from the Ministry the permit to operate 5G mobile service. The company said it plans to accelerate 5G commercialization, through co-building and co-sharing of 5G networks to reduce the costs of network construction and maintenance.

The Ministry has also granted China Unicom the permit to operate 5G services. The Ministry has granted approval for Unicom Group to license China United Network Communications, a subsidiary of China Unicom, to operate 5G mobile communications service nationwide in mainland China.

Huawei reports that, since April 2018, it has carried out 5G commercial trials in 40 cities with China’s three major operators. That included urban, indoor, highway, subway and other environments, the company said. Huawei currently has 46 5G commercial contracts in 30 countries. It reports that it has shipped around 100,000 5G mobile base stations worldwide. 

Market competitor ZTE claims it is "fully prepared" to meet the requirements for China’s commercial 5G mobile network deployment. "ZTE has been continuously investing and innovating in 5G for many years," the company said. "ZTE is fully prepared for the commercialisation in wireless, core network, transport, chip sets, mobile devices and industry applications," it stated. 

5G is expected to generate CNY 6.3 trillion (USD 947 billion) worth of economic output and 8 million jobs for China by 2030, according to a white paper released by the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology.
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