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China launches commercial 5G services on Friday

At a technology conference in Beijing on Thursday, officials announced that China’s three major telecom providers - carriers China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom - will roll out commercial 5G services on Friday.

This is two months earlier as the initial plan scheduled. The country will bring 5G to over 50 cities by the end of the year. At this time the 5G is available in major cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hangzhou. More than 130,000 5G base stations will be activated by the end of the year to support the 5G network, the government said in the statement. It will be it one of the world's largest 5G deployments. The 5G means much faster data download and upload speeds, wider coverage and more stable connections. It can be involved in self-driving cars or the mass availability of robotic surgeries. Prices for monthly plans are ranging from 128 yuan ($18; £14) to 599 yuan. Huawei has supplied the largest amount of network equipment.

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Over 40 countries around the world and dozens of cities in the U.S. already have some version of the mobile technology in use. In China and much of the rest of the world, 5G development has largely focused on low- to mid-frequency spectrums because base stations with lower-level spectrums can reach a larger surface area. China has secured a “first maneuverer advantage” that may be difficult for the U.S. to overcome, said Alan Segal, director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations.

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