While the rest of the world tries to figure out if it wants Huawei building its 5G networks, Chinese cities and regions are competing to see who can get there first. The Yangtze River Delta appears to have a lead, but the Greater Bay Area is close behind, aiming for a good chunk of services to be rolled out in key cities by the end of next year.
On Tuesday, the provincial department of industry and information technology introduced to the media its plan to speed up 5G deployment. By 2020, it said, all of the region’s nine major GBA cities will be “consistently covered”, with the industry valued at RMB300 billion by then. Full coverage will be achieved by 2022, at which stage its value should be above RMB1 trillion.
In the Yangtze River Delta area, Shanghai has already built 500 5G bases, and plans to have at least 30,000 by 2021. The Beijing-Tianjin-Hubei cluster is focused on 2022 for rollout, in time for the Winter Olympics in Beijing.
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