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The 5G launch in China will affect the global device and network ecosystem

Rémy Pascal Senior Analyst, Research

"One of the unusual features of the 5G launch in China (compared to that in other early adopting countries) is the wide range of available devices and their relative affordability."

Chinese operators are expected to launch 5G commercially at scale in October 2019

The Chinese government announced, on 6 June 2019, that it had awarded 5G licences to China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom and potential new entrant, China Broadcasting Network. Chinese MNOs are expected to launch 5G commercially at scale in October 2019, or possibly even earlier, following months of trials. Analysys Mason estimates that China should have by far the largest 5G subscriber base in the world by the end of 2020, with 44.8 million 5G mobile handset connections (3.3% of all handset connections in China, and 55.1% of all 5G handset connections in the world), as well as the widest network in terms of the number of base stations deployed. The Chinese telecoms industry has an impact on the global device and network ecosystem because of its scale, and operators should be aware of the developments in the Chinese market.