China Mobile to Start 5G Trials in 2017, Aims to Roll Out 10k 5G Base Stations by 2020

China Mobile to Start 5G Trials in 2017, Aims to Roll Out 10k 5G Base Stations by 2020 Image Credit: Broadcom

The world’s largest mobile operator, China Mobile said it will implement trial 5G networks in several cities in 2017 using a sub-6GHz spectrum, according to news portal It plans to setup seven initial experimental base stations in four or five cities. 

Announcing the plan at a meeting of the IMT-2020 5G Promotion Group, the Operator said it plans to build about 20 sites for commercial test in 2018 in each of the initial city for large-scale tests and develop end-to-end commercial products and a pre-commercial network. It aims to deploy a total of 10,000 5G base stations by 2020.

IMT-2020 5G promotion group was jointly established by three ministries of China based on the original IMT-Advanced promotion group in February 2013. The members include the main operators, vendors, universities and research institutes in China.

The promotion group is the major platform to promote 5G technology research in China and to facilitate international communication and cooperation.

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