The global launch of 5G in China was planned for 2020, but suddenly on October 31, three local mobile operators began providing access to fifth-generation networks in 50 cities across the country. This not only made China the world leader in introducing new technology overnight but also strengthened the position of HUAWEI.
The country's largest operator is China Mobile Ltd. launched a 5G network in 50 cities including Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen, the cost of the basic package is about $18 per month. Competitors represented by China Telecom Corp. and China Unicom Hong Kong Ltd. also provided customers with access to 5G at comparable prices. The tariff for the most active users costs about $85.
Operators planned to start operating networks only next year, but accelerated work in connection with US sanctions against one of the main suppliers of 5G equipment - HUAWEI. As a result, China has become the world's largest user of new networks, and in the USA, fifth-generation communications that do not use HUAWEI solutions are offered only in certain areas of some cities.
Before the launch of the services, about 10 million Chinese people were pre-registered for using 5G. With the launch of the fifth-generation networks, they gained access to video and games at a higher speed, will be able to use more advanced applications for virtual reality and communicate via video communications with better quality.
The level of next-generation communications in China is especially important for HUAWEI. Dominance in the world's largest market will minimize the impact of US sanctions. Despite pressure from the United States, in July, HUAWEI announced that it had signed more than 60 contracts for the deployment of 5G networks in different regions, including at least 28 European countries.