Shenzhen plans full 5G coverage by end of August

Source:Global Times Published: 2020/6/14 14:38:40

A China Mobile employee adjusts and tests 5G base station equipment at Tongling Railway Station in East China's Anhui Province on April 27. Photo: cnsphoto

 Shenzhen in South China's Guangdong Province will cover the city with high quality 5G signals by the end of the August, according to the Shenzhen Industrial and Information Technology Bureau on Saturday. 

Shenzhen has been developing its 5G industry, including the industrial internet of things (IoT), according to the bureau's official in a report by By August, the city is expected to establish 45,000 base stations, and a standalone (SA) mode. 

Currently the city is focusing on building base stations that will give good indoor coverage, according to the report. The Shenzhen government has also issued related work plans and details to accelerate the deployment of 5G. 

Shenzhen's lead in the deployment of 5G is thanks to the city's mature infrastructure in network and technology, Xiang Ligang, director-general of the Information Consumption Alliance. 

Shenzhen started to develop infrastructure of 5G and the industrial IoT two years ago, according to Xiang, and it's high technology industry is also making sure there will be a big enough market for 5G and related technology and can expand the potential of the next generation technology. 

The city has also launched a green path for the set up of 5G-related equipment, including the electric meters for the base stations and multifunctional poles for 5G base stations buildings. 

On a policy level, Shenzhen has introduced a set of detailed regulations and guidelines on the use of 5G, including fee charging, and accessibility in public places. According to a government document guiding the development of the internet industry, around 150 million yuan ($21.1 million) are allocated for building the industrial IoT every year. 

As of now, Shenzhen has already set up around 280,000 base stations for 5G. Nationwide, more than 2,000,000 base stations have been set up as of the end of April, according to a report by the Xinhua News Agency. 

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