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China’s three major telecoms operators may start 5G network commercial trials on Friday

The first commercial 5G trials may start this week in China.

China’s three major telecoms operators could start commercial trials on Friday, which is World Telecommunications Day, and they’ve already offered service upgrades for some  users to get feedback, said an insider.

“The preliminary phase of the commercial trials will be launched in representative areas … cities such as Beijing and Shenzhen have been supplied with ample base stations to support further trials,” Xiang Ligang, a Beijing-based senior industry expert, told the Global Times on Monday.

Some other smaller regions such as Nanchang in Jiangxi and the Xiongan New Area in Hebei could be added to the list of sample cities.

This phase should be in line with the schedule set by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, which has planned to begin issuing commercial 5G licenses in the time window between the late 2019 or early 2020.

Many 5G smartphone models will be launched by Huawei, Xiaomi and Vivo and other companies by the end of the year.

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