China set to dominate global 5G development3. June 2021
The report shows that China has taken the lead in 5G adoption over the past year. More than 200 million new 5G connections were registered in China, representing 87 percent of all connections worldwide. By 2025, up to 822 million connections are expected, according to the report. The rapid development of the 5G network in China is driven by a continuous expansion of the network infrastructure as well as the increasing number of capable handsets. Despite the Covid 19 pandemic, Chinese network operators deployed about 600,000 5G radio towers last year, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. The total now stands at 718,000, putting China first in the world. The report estimates that network operators will spend $210 billion between 2020 and 2025, 90 percent of which will be used to roll out 5G.
Although 4G currently remains the leading technology in China, its peak has already been passed and is being steadily replaced by 5G. It is expected that by 2025, 53 percent of all mobile connections in China will be made using 4G technology and 5G will have caught up to 47 percent. According to customer surveys by GSMA, Chinese users want to move to 5G earlier than the global average. Last year, 163 million 5G-enabled smartphones were shipped in China, accounting for 53 percent of the total market. According to the GSMA study data, about 1.22 billion residents in China had mobile subscriptions by the end of 2020, accounting for 83 percent of the total population. This figure puts China among the most developed mobile markets in the world while the global average is 66 percent. Of the total 1.22 billion mobile users in China, 990 million use a cell phone with Internet access. This number is expected to increase by another 200 million by 2025.
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