China Plans to Roll Out First 5G Mobile Phone in Second Half of Next Year

China Plans to Roll Out First 5G Mobile Phone in Second Half of Next Year

Tang Shihua

Date: Mon, 04/23/2018 - 20:06 / source:Yicai
China Plans to Roll Out First 5G Mobile Phone in Second Half of Next Year
China Plans to Roll Out First 5G Mobile Phone in Second Half of Next Year

(Yicai Global) April 23 -- China aims to launch the first 5G mobile phone in the second half of next year, said a senior official of the ministry of industry and information technology.

5G technology is expected to reach the commercial level in the second half of next year, which is when China plans to roll out its first 5G mobile phone, said Wen Ku, director of the telecoms department at the ministry, when addressing the first Digital China Summit in Fuzhou, capital of China’s southeastern Fujian province, yesterday.

5G technology has entered the key stage for the establishment of international standards in the field, China Youth Daily reported, citing Wen. The global consensus on 5G spectrum bands has taken shape, paving the way for future formation of unified international standards, Wen said.

China is at the forefront of the research and development of 5G technology and has established 5G cooperation mechanisms with Europe, the US, Japan, and South Korea at governmental and industry levels, Wen added.

Solid Progress

China’s communications technology and applications have developed rapidly in recent years. The number of 4G users in the country has reached 1.03 billion last year, publicly available data show. China’s telecoms equipment makers have also made substantial strides in 5G mobile technology.

Huawei Technologies Co’s new 5G product, C-band Massive MIMO Active Antenna Unit 5G New Radio, or 5G NR, has received the European Union’s mandatory approval certificate, making it the world’s first 5G product with such certification.

Guangdong Oppo Mobile Telecommunications Corp., developer of China’s smartphone brand Oppo, has set up a research institute to carry out cutting-edge technology research on 5G mobile communications network and artificial intelligence.

Headquartered in Shenzhen, the southeastern Guangdong province, the Oppo research institute will have five branches located in Beijing, Shanghai, Dongguan, Guangdong, Yokohama in Japan and Silicon Valley in California, the US.

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Keywords: 5G Smartphone, Mobile Communication, INDUSTRY, Telecoms, IT, MIIT