China Mo­bile launch­ing first 5G pro­cure­ment plan

Global Times US Edition - - BIZUPDATE -

The na­tion’s tele­coms in­dus­try kicked off of­fi­cial 5G con­struc­tion within a week af­ter re­ceiv­ing com­mer­cial li­censes is­sued by the gov­ern­ment, and the era of 5G is fast ap­proach­ing, ex­perts said on Thurs­day.

China Mo­bile, the world’s largest tele­com operator by sub­scribers, has an­nounced a 5G-re­lated pro­cure­ment plan of 38.72 bil­lion yuan ($5.6 bil­lion). It is the na­tion’s first 5G-re­lated pur­chase plan af­ter tele­coms giants re­ceived their com­mer­cial li­censes on June 6, ac­cord­ing to the Shang­hai Se­cu­ri­ties News on Thurs­day.

The Min­istry of In­dus­try and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy is­sued 5G li­censes to China Mo­bile, China Union, China Tele­com and China Broad­cast Net­work.

“The li­cense is­suance of­fi­cially means that China’s 5G de­vel­op­ment has en­tered scale de­vel­op­ment, mov­ing on from pre­vi­ous com­mer­cial tri­als and ex­per­i­ments,” Fu Liang, a Bei­jing-based tele­com in­dus­try ex­pert, told the Global Times on Thurs­day.

China Mo­bile’s mas­sive pro­cure­ment plan showed that the 5G con­struc­tion sched­ule has been ac­cel­er­ated for both the com­pany and the whole in­dus­try, Fu noted.

China Mo­bile’s se­nior ex­ec­u­tives have noted publicly that af­ter ob­tain­ing the 5G com­mer­cial li­cense, China Mo­bile will ac­cel­er­ate the build­ing of a high-qual­ity 5G net­work and vig­or­ously pro­mote the “5G+” plan.

With a solid foundation for 5G com­mer­cial de­vel­op­ment, the com­pany plans to of­fer 5G com­mer­cial ser­vices in 40 cities by the end of Septem­ber. The first batch of 5G cities in­cludes Bei­jing, Tian­jin, Shang­hai and Chongqing.

Mean­while, the av­er­age monthly salary of 5G-re­lated tal­ent stood at 14,110 yuan in the first five months, ac­cord­ing to huan­, which cited data from a Bei­jing-based on­line re­cruit­ing platform Boss Zhipin. The fig­ure at­tracted wide at­ten­tion on China’s so­cial me­dia, Weibo, on Thurs­day.

“Think­ing about ap­ply­ing for 5Gre­lated ma­jors for my post­grad­u­ate pro­gram,” a ne­ti­zen said on Weibo. Some oth­ers com­mented that the salary level needs to go up due to a short­age of tal­ent.

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