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China: COVID-19 Catalyzes Commercial Use of 5G

China is stepping up its 5G network construction as part of “new infrastructure” investments to spur its virus-hit economy and meet the long-term goal of becoming a leading high-tech innovator, according to an article from China Briefing.


China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) expects the country to build and operate 600,000 5G base stations by the end of this year. At the end of Q1 2020, China had already established 198,000 5G base stations, covering over 50 cities.


If in previous years China was using national power to drive the realization of 5G, and Chinese 5G operators were worried about the commercial use and profit model of 5G – the outbreak of COVID-19 has dramatically changed prospects. The outbreak has driven a major chunk of the workforce online, and made inevitable the huge market prospects for 5G network investments and enabled technologies.


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