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Updated 11:29 AM EDT, Tue, Jun 16, 2020

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China to Begin Test on 5G Network in 2017 Ahead of Launch in 2020

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(Photo : Getty Images) Chinese youngsters play online games overnight at an internet cafe in Wuhan, Hubei Province of China.

China's three biggest state-run telecommunications company are preparing their respective infrastructure with the objective of testing 5G technology. China Mobile, China Telecom, and China Unicom are all working on their networks to prepare it for a possible national 5G network launch by 2020.

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Chinese media outlets reported that the total cost of building an operational 5G network would be at least RMB300 ($45 billion), the same amount was used to create the country's 4G network system.

According to China Tech News, China Mobile have already started working on a 5G development center and based in Qingdao City, Shandong Province. China Mobile's development center would conduct 5G-related research and tests, as well as possible applications in the Internet of Things platform and the mobile health sector. China Mobile has signed a partnership deal with Ericsson to study and develop 5G network frameworks, as well as possible drone applications.

China Telecom would be working with Huawei Technologies to conduct its 5G network development and testing. Additional, China Telecom is also working with a number of local government units to conduct early development of Internet of Things in the county.

On the other hand, China Unicom has reached an agreement with ZTE Corporation, and together the two companies would work on the research and development of 5G network.

China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology have already announced its plans to create and implement 5G network in China. From 2016 to 2018, companies involved in the project would perform basic research and development with a formal roll out of the technology expected in 2020.

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