June 2019 – China grants 5G Licenses for commercial use.
Today, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has the beginning of a new era in the country’s telecommunication industry.
They have granted 5G Licenses to the nation’s three major telecom carriers:
- China Mobile
- China Telecom
- China Unicom
Also, Daily China reported that the state owns the China Broadcasting Network Corp.
MIIT Minister Miao Wei added that, “China would like to welcome foreign companies to actively participate in the construction of the country’s 5G market and share the benefits generated.”
What is 5G Technology?
A next-generation cellular network, allowing faster data transfer speed. With that, it enhances technologies including:
- Autonomous Driving
- Remote Medical Diagnosis
- Mobile Payments
After the announcement of the ministry’s, Huawei added it will “fully support” the Chinese operators to build 5G. Adding to it they said,” (We) believe that in the near future, China’s 5G will lead the world.”
Also, China Daily newspaper said that 5G will be a high-speed technology and expected to revolutionize the tech world in the near future.
It will be able to transmit data at least 10 times faster than the current 4G system. Not only these other players are also in the race of 5G including:
- Network Equipment Makers
- Smartphone Manufactures like Samsung, Oppo, Huawei, and Xiaomi have announced plans to bring 5G soon into their handsets.
- Chip Makers
- App Creators
China was planning to launch 5G technology at the end of 2019, but the green-light arrived months ahead.
This obviously shows the ambition of China to race ahead in the global 5G industry, where the USA and South Korea had a head start in commercial deployment.
Meanwhile, China Unicom, one of the major telecom carrier holder in China has joined hands with Netflix-like iQiyi.
Tencent, a Chinese multinational investment holding conglomerate has been quietly working on cloud-based games with Intel.
About 5G Technology in the UK
The first commercial 5G network was launched in the UK. A milestone is marked on the path of the 5G as Global Deployments Intensify. And that was done by:
Qualcomm and EE
This is based on the Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform with Snapdragon X50 5G Modem and Qualcomm’s RF Front-End (RFFE) solutions.
EE has planned to switch to 5G Network till May 30th, 2019 in major six cities of UK and later expanding to 10 more cities by the end of 2019.
This collaboration between Qualcomm and EE will enable consumers to experience 5G’s capabilities and connectivity, browsing at multi-gigabit speeds and ultra-low latency.