BEIJING: China's three major telecom operators
will pilot 5G technology in several cities during the second half of this year,
the Economic Information Daily reported Wednesday.
The pilot projects will be carried out in cities including Beijing, Shanghai,
Chongqing, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Suzhou, and Ningbo, the Xinhua-run newspaper
said, citing sources from the telecom giants, namely China Mobile, China Unicom,
and China Telecom.
The companies will test the 5G technology, build base stations, and launch
applications such as autonomous driving, smart cities, and smart homes based on
the network, according to the report.
The pilot programs will be expanded to another 10 or more cities in provinces
including Jiangxi, Hainan, Shanxi, Shandong, Zhejiang, and Hebei in the future,
The moves will help China play a leading role in developing the global 5G
standard and pave the way for commercialization and further development of the
technology, the newspaper said.
China plans to commercialize 5G mobile networks, which provide much faster
connectivity and lower energy consumption, as early as 2020.