Chinese telcos deploy 2.3 million 5G base stations nationwide

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Chinese operators had deployed a total of 2.29 million 5G base stations nationwide as of the end of November, local state news agency Xinhua reported, citing data from China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

This figure represents an increase of 862,000 compared to the end of 2021 and accounts for 21.1% of all mobile base stations in the country.

According to the report, the combined business revenue of firms in the telecommunications sector reached CNY1.45 trillion ($207.66 billion) in the January-November period, up 8% year on year, according to the ministry. The total business volume of the sector was 21.4% higher year-on-year if calculated at the constant price of last year, according to the ministry.

China’s three telecom giants – China Telecom, China Mobile, and China Unicom – saw their revenue from emerging services, such as internet data centers, big data, cloud computing, and Internet of Things, surge 32.6% year-on-year to CNY 281.1 billion, according to the report.

The Chinese government also revealed that the number of cities in China with the capability to offer gigabit 5G and optical fiber services reached 110 by the end of October.

In these cities, over 80% of the large public hospitals, key universities, major cultural and tourist sites, airports, and key roads have access to 5G network.

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