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Shanghai targets citywide 5G coverage in 2020

08 JUL 2019

China’s second-largest city by population, Shanghai, detailed an ambitious plan to deliver blanket 5G coverage by 2020, as part of a three-year plan which will see it invest a total of CNY30 billion ($4.4 billion), China Daily reported.

The municipal government released a roadmap targeting coverage of the entire downtown and main suburban areas by the end of 2019 via 10,000 5G base stations. The addition of  a further 10,000 in 2020 will give the city of 36 million people full 5G coverage, the newspaper wrote.

A further 10,000 base stations will be added in 2021, by which point 5G-related businesses in the city are expected to be generating CNY100 billion, China Daily reported.

Chinese authorities issued 5G licences to the nation’s three operators along with a local broadcaster in early June.

China Mobile recently outlined plans to launch commercial 5G services in more than 50 cities, including Shanghai, by the end of the year.

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