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Saturday 31st July 2021 07:57 AM
China Mobile and Huawei Switch On First Piece of 5G Network
A unit of China Mobile, the country's most extensive telecommunications operator, and Huawei Technologies said this week that a key piece of Chinese 5G network infrastructure has been put into use for the first time.
Also known as a 5G transport network, the Huawei-built infrastructure will let China Mobile Zhejiang roll out the next generation communication services promising faster data downloads, both companies reported on the sidelines of the MWC Shanghai technology conference.
This comes as China plans for the commercial rollout of 5G services Oct. 1, state media China Daily reported last month, referring an industry player. China Mobile Zhejiang and Huawei have collaborated on a 5G transport network since 2016 and created China's largest pilot project in 2018.
China Mobile is one of the four carriers in the country that clinched a 5G operating license not long ago. It later awarded network equipment contracts to operators including domestic companies Huawei and ZTE together with Finland's Nokia and Ericsson of Sweden. The carrier said it will offer 5G commercial services in over 50 cities this year through 50,000 base stations to be built across China.
Such expensive stand-alone architecture could support running the current 4G and 5G services simultaneously, removing the complexity of mobile network integration, said GSMA Intelligence, a U.K.-based mobile communications analyst. Operators also are considering upgrading existing 4G infrastructure.
Operators in Asia will spend $370 billion in 5G network rollouts through 2025, GSMA approximated in a freshly released report. China will extend to 460 million 5G connections during that period, the researcher said, outstripping the U.S. and Europe.
Chinese users potentially will pay 10% to 15% more compared with the current 4G subscription but for much greater bandwidth, said GSMA analyst Jan Stryjak. The forecast is based on South Korea, which launched 5G services earlier this year.
U.S. semiconductor giant Qualcomm said the impending 5G rollout will put China in the "front line of mobile technology even though the country was behind others in launching 3G and 4G technologies." "We are ready to work with our partners in 5G," Frank Meng, chairman of Qualcomm China, told MWC conference attendees, counting Chinese phone makers Lenovo, Vivo, Xiaomi and ZTE among its customers.
The transition from 4G to 5G also will fuel need for optical fiber deployment, a key infrastructure in mobile technology connections, said Yangtze Optical Fibre, or YOFC, the world's largest fiber company.
Dan Zhuang, the group's president, shared with the MWC conference that global demand for fiber will rise to 650 million km over the next five years, from the current 519 million km. "Only stand-alone infrastructure can support all 5G applications, and this will lead to greater demand for fiber," he said.
For now, the race to roll out 5G could worsen the "geopolitical storm" that followed the U.S. sanctions stopping access to American technology for Chinese companies such as Huawei, said Dev Lewis, an analyst with Digital Asia Hub, a Hong Kong-based non-for-profit think tank.
Regional economies with poor cutting-edge technology will be required to count on countries like China or the U.S. for 5G rollout, raising the risk of data breaches, Lewis said.
To prevent such risk, these countries could ban together - such as through the Association of Southeast Asian Nations - to set up collective bargaining power and set a higher standard for 5G, he said.