China expects local carriers to install nearly 600,000 5G base stations by 2022

The Chinese government expects to accelerate efforts to expand 5G infrastructure across the country this year, the local newspaper South China Morning Post reported citing Xiao Yaqing, the head of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology ( MIIT).

The minister said China currently has 1.45 million 5G base stations installed supporting more than 500 million subscribers nationwide.

“In the future, we will increase our base station efforts. What we have now is not enough,” Xiao said, adding that the government will accelerate support for advanced 5G applications.

China expects local carriers to install nearly 600,000 5G base stations by 2022 to end the year with 2 million 5G base stations installed.

Xiao also indicated that China wants to maintain its leadership in 5G while laying the foundation for research and development of future 6G technology.

Chinese operators posted a net profit of 28.3 million 5G subscribers in January, according to the latest available figures from the carriers.

China Mobile, the world’s largest operator in terms of subscribers, added a total of 14.48 million 5G subscribers in the first month of 2022. The operator said it ended January with 401.28 million 5G subscribers, compared to 386.80 million 5G customers in December 2021.

China Mobile has added a total of 221.8 million subscribers in the 5G segment by 2021.

Rival operator China Unicom said it added a total of 5.56 million 5G subscribers in January. China Unicom ended the month with 160.49 million 5G subscribers.

Meanwhile, China Telecom added 8.26 million 5G subscribers in January to bring the total number of 5G subscribers to 196 million. In 2021, the telco has added a total of 101.3 million 5G subscribers.

China expects the number of 5G users to exceed 560 million by 2023, according to a government guideline released in July 2021. By then, the 5G network is expected to be used by more than 40% of personal mobile phone users, and every 10,000 people in China will enjoy more than 18 5G base stations, the guideline said.

MIIT recently unveiled plans to more than triple the number of 5G base stations in the next four years, targeting a total of 3.64 million by the end of 2025.

Under this plan, China aims to have 26 5G base stations for every 10,000 people by the end of 2025. In comparison, in 2020 there were five 5G base stations for every 10,000 people in China.

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