Chinese carriers deploy over 1.85 million 5G base stations

Chinese operators have already deployed over 1.85 million 5G base stations across the country, local news agency Xinhua reported, citing data from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

The ministry reported that Chinese carriers deployed nearly 300,000 5G base stations during the second quarter of the year.

Also, mobile operators are expected to add a total of 600,000 base stations to boost 5G infrastructure across China during 2022.

The ministry also reported that the combined revenues of sectors including electronic information manufacturing, software, communication and the internet totaled over CNY10 trillion ($1.48 trillion).

China ended May with a total of 899.3 million subscribers in the 5G segment, according to the carriers’ latest available figures. Chinese operators recorded a net gain of 30.18 million 5G subscribers in May.

China Mobile, the world’s largest operator in terms of subscribers, added a total of 18.21 million 5G subscribers during last month. The operator said it ended May with 495.13 million 5G subscribers, compared to 221.95 million 5G customers in May 2021.

Rival operator China Unicom said it added a total of 4.93 million 5G subscribers during May. The carrier ended the month with 179.70 million 5G subscribers.