China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Telecom, China’s three major mobile operators, on Thursday simultaneously launched their 5G service plans in 50 cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen.
Prices of their monthly 5g plans range from 128 yuan (about 18 U.S. dollars) to 599 yuan.
China Unicom’s 129-yuan service plan comes with a 30-gigabyte data cap, 500 minutes of voice talk and a 500-Mbps speed cap. Its 599-yuan plan allows 300 gigabytes of data and 3,000 minutes of voice talk, putting the speed limit at 1 Gbps.
Shanghai had activated 11,859 5G base stations by mid-October, which will support the 5G network coverage across the city’s key outdoor areas, said the municipal administration of communications Thursday.
The country is expected to have over 600 million 5G subscribers by 2025, accounting for nearly 40 percent of the global total, according to Sihan Bo Chen, head of GSMA Greater China.
Chinese tech giant Xiaomi unveiled two 5G smartphones in late September, while Huawei will start selling its 5G-version MATE 30 series on Friday with prices starting at 4,999 yuan.
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According to Wang Zhiqin, deputy director of the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology, said 5G technology will provide key infrastructure for the development of China’s digital economy, and the combination of 5G with artificial intelligence, big data, and other technologies will revolutionize the form of the digital economy.
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