China Telecom to launch 5G trial networks in 6 cities

Monday 28 August 2017 | 10:11 CET | News

China Telecom plans to trial 5G networks in six cities across the country. "We are deeply devoted to engaging in 5G standard formulation and technology trial runs while proactively exploring and researching the networking plan for the evolution from 4G," the company said. China Telecom will carry out field trials in six cities, as well as develop R&D applications and services in cooperation with partners from various industries. 

According to China Telecom’s chairman and CEO Yan Jie, the business model for commercial 5G service "will not be like 4G, 3G and 2G, where you have universal, comprehensive, seamless network coverage". The executive believes that LTE and next-generation technologies will certainly coexist for a long time. He also announced that China Telecom is open to cooperation with market competitors China Mobile and China Unicom on future infrastructure deployments.

China Telecom expects to launch commercial 5G services in 2020.

Back in May, China completed planning of a 30-site 5G test field in Huairou district. The trial has been planned by the IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group. Operators participating in the IMT-2020 Promotion Group include China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom and Japanese telecoms operator NTT DoCoMo. Vendors which are part of the initiative include Huawei, ZTE, Ericsson, Nokia, Datang and Samsung. Chipset and test measurement vendors Qualcomm, Intel, Mediatek, Ctec, Keysight Technologies and Rohde & Schwartz are also part of the initiative.

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