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China wants to still in 2017 build the largest 5G test network

China wants to still in 2017 build the largest 5G test network
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China: Largest 5G test network still in 2017


Qualcomm, ZTE and China Mobile have announced the launch of interoperability and outdoor tests for the 5G mobile communications standard this year. China does not want to build more than the world’s largest 5G test network, in order to standardize the fifth generation of mobile communication technology. This was announced last Friday, at the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).


After the extensive tests of 5G networks this year, China Mobile is aiming to continue the test in 2018 and start commercial operation in China from 2010 onwards. Qualcomm prototypes and ZTE base station prototypes will be used for the trials. All this under the leadership of the national mobile phone provider China Mobile.



The MIIT announcement shows that China is accelerating its timeline for the introduction of the fifth mobile radio generation. At the beginning of the month the US mobile service provider AT & T also announced the 5G testing in the USA. The 5G tests are also scheduled to begin this year, said AT & T. The company reckons with 5G at speeds 10 to 100 times faster than average LTE connections. However, the commercial rollout in the US is not expected to start before 2020.


5G terminals

Currently, there is no information about the plans of the smartphone manufacturers regarding 5G. For example, it is questionable whether Apple will support the fifth mobile generation with its iPhone from the beginning. The company at Cupertino had long been hard pressed to support LTE and LTE-Advanced. This is likely to be the case with the mostly Chinese Android smartphone manufacturers. Finally, ZTE already produced for the above test of the 5G networks smartphone prototypes (in small edition), which are likely to be based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X50 5G chipset.

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