Guangzhou plans to have 10,000 5G base stations built by the end of this year, covering all 11 districts. Trials of 5G-related services are under way, and 5G-compatible handsets are being sold by all the major manufacturers. However, cheaper models will only likely be coming onto the market in the second half of this year and rate plans will likely only be launched in the coming two months.
Shenzhen is apparently setting its sights a bit lower, aiming for 8,500 base stations by year-end, which makes sense as it is smaller than Guangzhou. However, the city appears to be comfortably ahead in testing and says most of its key tech-focused areas are already well covered. The Shenzhen Daily has a feature describing some of the trials, which are pretty amazing. The one that gets us is the way police can now use augmented-reality glasses and drones to chase suspects through crowded areas. Another is how the city is going heavily into unmanned vehicles through 5G, in trains, buses, cars and “aerial vehicles”.