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Will China roll out its 5G technology for commercial use in 2019?

March 18, 2019 / Pan Zhaoyi
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If the data transmission speed of the 4G network is 10 times faster than the 3G network, then 5G is far beyond that. It was said that 2018 was the year of 5G in China. Self-driving vehicles, high-resolution livestreaming, smartphones, remote surgeries – the entire industry is painting a wonderful future powered by 5G technology for the Chinese people. What will happen in 2019? Will the country live up to the hype of rolling out 5G technology for commercial use this year? Well, the answer is yes and no.
The first specification of the 5G standard – Release 15 launched by 3GPP last June heralded the manufacturing permission of 5G-enabled chips, smartphones, devices, as well as some gadgets.
Followed by the standard are the breakthroughs made by telecom operators and suppliers.
According to Xinhua News Agency, China Mobile, one of the three major telecom operators in China, has filed more than 1,000 patents in 5G technology research. Another major player, China Telecom, leads over 30 international projects in terms of 5G standard setting.