China has launched its 5G network


China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Telecom are now offering data plans that begin from CNY128 (about $18/€16) for 30 GB of data and go as high as CNY599 ($85/€76) for 300 gigs.

It has almost 50 percent of China Mobile's 5G networking contracts and partners with China Unicom and China Telecom.

China's three major state telecom operators rolled out 5G wireless technology Thursday (Oct 31), as the country races to narrow its technology gap with the U.S. amid a bruising trade war.

The three state-backed operators China Mobile, China Telecom, and China Unicom had initially scheduled the launch for next year, but accelerated the rollout. In addition to talking about new experience offered by 5G in cloud-based gaming and HD video, the operator also stressed 5G+Cloud+AI offers to industry customers, including industrial internet, smart cities, smart medical care, smart education, transport and logistics, and smart energy.

Subscribers of China Mobile that pay 598 yuan ($85) per month will be able to use 300GB of data with download speeds of up to 1Gbps, whereas the entry-level plans will only have 300Mbps download speeds.

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The 5G commercial services are now available in 50 cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen. The company has been caught in the crossfire of the US-China trade war as the two countries have been fighting for leadership in the technology sector.

Since four licences were awarded in June, over 80,000 5G base stations have been built, half of them belong to China Mobile.

About 497,000 5G smartphones have already been shipped to the Chinese mainland in the past three months, data from the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology shows.

The US recently blacklisted Chinese telecom giant Huawei, citing security and espionage-related concerns, and is now persuading its allies, including India, to block the world's largest provider of networking gear and the second biggest smartphone maker, from their new and upcoming mobile networks.

"Innovation in applications will be the focus of 5G's next-stage development", Hu Houkun, the deputy chair of Huawei's board of directors, told Xinhua.