5G drives $788B China economic output – Mobile World Live

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China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) reportedly noted 5G commercialisation directly contributed to a total economic output of CNY5.6 trillion ($788 billion) over the past five years, arguing the country has claimed leadership in the advanced network’s infrastructure and in key technologies.

Local newspaper Xinhua reported MIIT chief engineer Zhao Zhiguo revealed the numbers at a mobile communications forum, with the official apparently stating the data was based on research by the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology.  

Zhiguo addressed that China saw “remarkable results” in the integration of physical and digital applications since 5G was rolled out in 2019, which the official believes had brought the country to “global leadership” in 5G infrastructure.

The nation has also achieved breakthroughs in key technologies, Zhiguo noted.

The official claimed 5G has also “indirectly” spurred CNY14 trillion in economic output, with Zhiguo pointing to the technology’s widespread deployment in “key industries” including mining and healthcare, and has now extended to areas like R&D and manufacturing.

There are a total of 3.75 million 5G base stations in China as of April 2024, according to Zhiguo.

A recent Mobile Economy report by industry association GSMA revealed the number of 5G connections in China surpassed 800 million —accounting for 45 per cent of total mobile connections — as of 2023, with local operators now investing heavily in 5G-Advanced.

It also predicts the country to record 1 billion 5G connections by end of this year.

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