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China vows to start 5G commercial operation in 2020, MIIT

2015-11-10 15:05

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China has set a target to launch commercial operation of 5G network by 2020 and supported the establishment of IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group, to boost 5G development worldwide, said an official with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).

The ministry's chief engineer said at an international forum that 5G is the major direction for the development of new generation broadband mobile telecom. He said the global telecom industry has changed their focus of research and development to 5G, due to the rapid development of mobile Internet and Internet of Things and the large-scale commercialization of 4G LTE networks.

Zhang said China will strengthen international cooperation to boost the formulation of unified global 5G standard, boost 5G research and development, and push forward integration and innovation to explore new technologies, new industries, new business models and new operating modes.

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