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China joins the 5G party with ‘world’s biggest 5G network’

Paul Lipscombe
November 1, 2019

5G plans start from as little as £13.99 a month across the three operators 

China’s big three operators switched on their respective 5G networks, with the service launched in parts of 50 cities today (November 1) in what the country claims to be the largest worldwide rollout.

The three state-owned operators China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom expect to have more than 130,000 5G base stations deployed by the end of this year, with the current number 86,000.

It comes as more than 10 million customers pre-registered for 5G in China, with China Mobile accounting for 5.6 million customers.

Prices for 5G plans begin from just 128 yuan a month (£13.99) as China looks to speed up the rollout.

It was expected that China would launch 5G next year instead, however the country has been locked in a battle for 5G supremacy with the US.

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