Shanghai launches world’s first district-wide 5G network

Source:Global Times Published: 2019/3/31 15:39:41

Shanghai announced on Saturday that it has launched a test run of the first 5G wireless network covering a district of the megacity, further evidence that China is consolidating its leading position in the world's 5G race with faster rollout than other countries.

Trial operations of the 5G network, backed by China Mobile, officially began in Shanghai's Hongkou district on Saturday, where 228 5G base stations were deployed to ensure full coverage, the Xinhua News Agency reported on Saturday.

During a launch ceremony, Shanghai vice-mayor Wu Qing made the network's first 5G video call with a quality connection and high definition, according to the report.

"All the progress China has made in 5G development in recent months has been like adding pieces to the puzzle of China's fully functioning national 5G network," Xiang Ligang, a veteran industry analyst, told the Global Times on Sunday, and Shanghai's new progress indicates China's developed regions are expected to further accelerate their efforts.

Zhang Jianming, deputy director of the Shanghai Municipal Economic and Informational Commission, said Shanghai aims to deploy 10,000 5G base stations by the end of this year, and that figure is expected to surpass 30,000 in 2021, according to Xinhua.

China is racing ahead in building a 5G network at a speed faster than other countries, thanks to local governments' support, said Xiang.

Local governments are playing a key role to promote and accelerate 5G infrastructure construction in China, said Xiang, and they are shortening the process by making decisions more quickly on tower locations and other matters.


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