“China will dominate the global 5G landscape”11. March 2021
“China will dominate the global 5G landscape”
Beijing, March 11, 2021
China is ahead of the global pack when it comes to expanding the country’s 5G technology in 2020. The country’s citizens can currently use around 200 million new 5G connections – representing 87 percent of the world’s total deployments. Beijing expects to have around 822 million 5G connections available by 2025. This is according to a report by the Global System for Mobile Communications Association.
The report’s authors estimate that capital spending by telecom operators will reach $210 billion between 2020 and 2025, with 90 percent going toward 5G development.
“China will dominate the global 5G landscape,” the report states.
Although 4G is currently the leading mobile technology in China, it has peaked while 5G deployment continues to advance. By 2025, 4G is expected to account for 53 percent of total connections in China, compared to 47 percent for 5G.
According to the GSMA Intelligence Consumers in Focus Survey 2020, Chinese consumers are more eager to switch to 5G than those in any other country in the world. About 62 percent of Chinese expressed enthusiasm for 5G last year, and more than 85 percent of 5G users in China believe their telecom service has met or exceeded expectations.
In 2020, 163 million 5G smartphones were sold in mainland China, accounting for nearly 53 percent of total smartphone shipments.
By the end of 2020, 1.22 billion people in China subscribed to mobile services, representing 83 percent of the country’s population.
“This makes China one of the most developed mobile markets in the world, considering that the average penetration worldwide is 66 percent,” the report said.
More than 990 million people in China use mobile Internet services today, and that number is expected to increase by another 200 million by 2025.