Guangdong is ahead of the rest of the country in rolling out 5G base stations, and the lead is widening, apparently. According to the Southern Metropolis Daily, the province has built more than 14,200 5G base stations so far, of which 90% are in Guangzhou and Shenzhen, each of which have roughly the same number (7,100).
That is for starters. The provincial government released a plan earlier this month that aims to build 60,000 5G base stations by the end of next year and 170,000 by the end of 2022. This would put it ahead of the rest of the country, though the report did not specify by how much. (That is not the Guangdong way.)
Guangzhou and Shenzhen have been pilot cities for 5G rollout since last year. They are not only focused on building base stations, however. The two cities are developing multiple scenarios of 5G implementation, especially with applications such as unmanned vehicles, “smart city” traffic management, and 4K high-definition video, which will be used across many industries.
Read more (in Chinese).