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