China on Thursday allowed 5G commercial licences to four national companies, taking a large step in its bid for a global leader in next generation wireless networks amid fierce rivalry from the United States.
5G is your next-generation mobile network that offers faster data transfer speed and may improve technologies like autonomous driving, remote medical diagnosis and mobile payments.
The business and Information Technology Ministry said state-owned telecom suppliers China Telecom, China Mobile, China Unicom and China Broadcasting Network Corporation received company licences to run fifth generation digital mobile communication solutions.
“Following the issuance of 5G licences, we will continue to welcome overseas firms to actively participate in China’s 5G marketplace, seek common development of China’s 5G, and discuss the achievements of China’s 5G growth,” said Miao Wei, the ministry of industry and information technology, according to the ministry’s Twitter-like Weibo account.
Chinese telecom giant Huawei is a global leader in 5G growth but its aspirations have faced challenges from the USA, which has urged other countries to shun the business over worries that its equipment might be used by Beijing’s intelligence services.
Commenting on the ministry’s announcement, Huawei said it will”fully support” the Chinese operators to construct 5G.
“(We) believe that in the near future, China’s 5G will direct the world,” Huawei stated on Weibo.
Another Chinese phone manufacturer, Vivo, stated their 5G cell phones are ready for network testing and will be on sale once trials are complete.
The government of President Donald Trump prohibited US companies in May from selling high tech components to Huawei on national security reasons, although a 90-day reprieve was issued.
China has since announced it’s going to make its own blacklist of”unreliable” foreign companies.
Several companies have already distanced themselves from Huawei, such as Google, whose Android system equips the vast majority of smartphones in the world.
Huawei signed a deal with Russian telecoms company MTS on Wednesday to create a 5G network in the Nation over the next year, on the sidelines of a meeting between Chinese leader Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.