It’s a go! 5G licenses awarded

China’s first batch of 5G mobile telecommunication service licenses were awarded today, going to the big three telcos – and the country’s cable-TV giant.

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology granted the 5G permits to China Unicom, China Telecom, China Mobile, and China Business Network. All have already established networks and have been conducting trials in more than 40 Chinese cities.

Huizhou-based equipment manufacturer TCL took the opportunity to announce that it had developed a 5G handset together with China Mobile, which would be on shelves “soon”.

The phone, which TCL developed with China Mobile Hong Kong, has a peak download capability of 1 gigabytes per second and a powerful 4000 milliamp per hour battery, according to the Tencent backed media portal, Tencent Tech.

All of these networks will be using equipment provided by – yes, you guessed it – Huawei Technologies. “This marks China’s official entry to the 5G era,” the company said in a statement. “Huawei will fully support Chinese operators to build 5G [networks] with comprehensive end-to-end 5G capabilities. We believe that in the near future, China’s 5G will lead the world.”

The SCMP quotes some analysts, however, saying they are still concerned about Huawei.

Read more here on SCMP.