China builds 718k 5G base stations in 2020 as it plans for 6G rollout

China has built the largest 5G mobile network in the world with 718,000 5G base stations established in 2020. The Chinese government initially planned to introduce 500,000 5G base stations this year but have already surpassed the scheduled number by over 200,000.

The majority of China’s 5G base stations are located in large and medium-sized cities with Beijing and Shenzhen already achieving full 5G coverage. To gain full 5G coverage across the country, China will have to build 10 million 5G base stations which will require 2 trillion RMB of investment.

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has announced that they are planning to introduce 6G in 2029. The Ministry laid out its plan for the development of 5G and 6G technology: 5G network construction between 2020 and 2024, improvement of the 5G network 2025-28, and the launch of 6G in 2029.

6G technology is 100 times faster than 5G which is a much greater jump in speed than between 4G and 5G (5G is just four to five times quicker than 4G). 6G technology will allow users to download 142 hours of TV shows in a second, use internet on airplanes without signal interference and provide signal coverage in remote locations.

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