Briefing: China’s mobile operators granted nationwide 5G licenses

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三大运营商将开展全国范围5G中低频段试验 – People’s Post and Telecommunications News

What happened: The Ministry of Industry and Information (MIIT) has issued licenses for nationwide 5G network testing to China’s big three mobile operators. China Telecom and China Unicom have acquired the 3.5GHz band, while China Mobile will use the 2.6GHz and 4.8GHz bands. The MIIT says it believes the allocation of frequency resources among the three state-owned enterprises to be fair.

Why it’s important: With the trials being carried out on a national scale, China is accelerating in the global race for nationwide 5G deployment. The new technology is expected to promote the country’s digital industry and manufacturing transformation. The country hopes to be at the forefront of development and deployment internationally, although ZTE and Huawei, two of the country’s largest telecommunications manufacturer, have been excluded from the 5G plans of a number of countries around the world.