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Pilot launch of downtown 5G networks later this year

China Mobile's Shanghai branch has signed a memorandum of collaboration with the Huangpu District government to push forward pilot operation of the 5G network in downtown areas.

China Mobile's Shanghai branch on Thursday signed a memorandum of collaboration with the Huangpu District government to push forward the pilot operation of the 5G mobile network in the city's downtown areas.

Key areas and popular destinations such as the Bund, Nanjing Road and People's Square will be covered with commercial 5G networks, although a specific timetable was not available.

The two parties would also push forward the adoption of 5G technologies in the areas of urban governance and community management, as well as social and business services, to build an innovative demonstration zone.

Residential neighborhoods would be equipped with one-gigabyte broadband bandwidth while office buildings will also enjoy 10 gigabyte broadband.

Huangpu District also hopes to raise industry competitiveness and to support innovative companies in the areas of artificial intelligence and health care to ride the booming trend of information technology.

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology is aiming to issue “temporary” 5G licenses in selected cities around the country this year.

The pilot programs would allow consumers in those locations access to the first batch of 5G smartphones and tablet computers in the second half of this year, according to Minister Miao Wei. 

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