First 5G phones get 3C cer­tifi­cates

Move to usher in ad­vent of a new tele­com era

Global Times US Edition - - BIZUPDATE - By Yang Kunyi and Chu Daye

The first batch of 5G-en­abled smart­phones have ob­tained the China Com­pul­sory Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion (3C), one of the fi­nal stages for the of­fi­cial launch of 5G, ac­cord­ing to a report by nbd. com on Tues­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the report, the first phones to get 3C certificat­ions in­clude four mod­els from Huawei, one from One­plus, one from ZTE and one from Vivo. OPPO told the Global Times that it has re­ceived the cer­tifi­cate.

Th­ese cer­tifi­cates mean 5G smart­phones are in the pipe­lines, Xiang Li­gang, di­rec­tor-gen­eral of the Bei­jing­based In­for­ma­tion Con­sump­tion Al­liance, told the Global Times.

“3C is re­quired for most elec­tronic prod­ucts to en­ter the mar­ket to en­sure prod­uct safety and qual­ity,” Xiang said. “With 3C cer­tifi­cates, 5G phones can be ex­pected in the mar­ket very soon.”

Huawei is the first ven­dor to se­cure the cer­tifi­cate on June 11, and Vivo’s 3C cer­tifi­cate was is­sued on Mon­day, nbd.com re­poted.

With the cer­tifi­cates in hand, smart­phone mak­ers are ex­pected to launch their first 5G phones in the third quar­ter of 2019, Ma Ji­hua, a tele­com an­a­lyst with Bei­jing Dao­jing Con­sul­tant Co. Ma said the move had come ear­lier than he ex­pected, in­di­cat­ing con­certed ef­forts by all re­lated par­ties to fast track the de­ploy­ment of 5G.

Ma noted that the launch of the phones will be syn­chro­nized with the un­veil­ing of the 5G net­work, as de­vices and net­works go hand in hand.

Huawei confirmed that the Mate20 X 5G, its first smart­phone to sup­port 5G, will be launched on July 26, and Vivo has confirmed to the Global Times that it plans to launch 5G phones, al­though the ex­act dates were not spec­i­fied.

Xiaomi, which wasn’t among the first group of com­pa­nies to re­ceive a 3C cer­tifi­cate, said that it will ap­ply for the 3C cer­tifi­cate test as early as next week, nbd.com re­ported.

Al­though the first batch of 5G smart­phones can be ex­pected soon, most of them will cost more than 8,000 yuan ($1,163) un­til March next year, Fu Liang, a Bei­jing-based in­de­pen­dent in­dus­try an­a­lyst, told the Global Times on Wed­nes­day.

Fu said that be­cause of the high prices, com­pa­nies are un­likely to pro­duce a large quan­tity of 5G phones this year.

“Around a few mil­lion phones from var­i­ous brands will prob­a­bly be on the mar­ket this year,” Fu noted. “The first batch will be used to test wa­ter and col­lect mar­ket re­sponses, but 5G smart­phones will be­come more main­stream next year.”

Al­though South Korea is the world’s first coun­try to use 5G, China will soon sur­pass it in terms of the scale of the 5G mar­ket, said Ma.

Experts said that with the launch of 5G smart­phones, more 5G-re­lated ap­pli­ca­tions and de­vices are on the way, and they will cre­ate a large mar­ket with great growth po­ten­tial.

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