China aims to take global lead in wire­less tech, vice-min­is­ter says

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - 4 China - By CHAI HUA in Shen­zhen grace@chi­nadai­

China aims to have com­mer­cial use of 5G tech­nol­ogy up and run­ning in 2019, ac­cord­ing to a se­nior of­fi­cial from the Min­istry of In­dus­try and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy.

Qiao Yue­shan, deputy di­rec­tor of the min­istry’s in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy de­part­ment, said tele­com car­ri­ers — in­clud­ing China Mo­bile, China Uni­com and China Tele­com — will start to in­stall medium and low-fre­quency bands in 2019 and 2020, while some re­gions are ex­pected to test high-fre­quency bands in 2022 at the ear­li­est.

Qiao said he also ex­pects that man­u­fac­tur­ers will launch com­mer­cial­ized 5G pro­duc­tion by the end of this year, in­clud­ing base sta­tion equip­ment and de­vices.

He made the re­marks at a na­tional meet­ing of the elec­tronic in­for­ma­tion in­dus­try in Shen­zhen, Guang­dong prov­ince, on Sun­day, a day be­fore the open­ing of the China In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy Expo, an an­nual ex­hi­bi­tion or­ga­nized by the min­istry and lo­cal gov­ern­ment to show­case China’s lat­est tech­no­log­i­cal gad­gets.

In re­cent years, many coun­tries have scram­bled to man­i­fest the magic of 5G. Two ma­jor United States telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion com­pa­nies — AT&T and Ver­i­zon — in­tend to of­fer lim­ited 5G ser­vice this year, while Tokyo prom­ises to com­mer­cial­ize it be­fore the 2020 Sum­mer Olympic Games.

At the meet­ing on Sun­day, ter­mi­nal

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