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China Mobile targets 10,000 5G base stations in 2020

China Mobile’s plans for 5G are starting to crystallize. The operator continues to be part of many cutting edge tests and trials, with the latest being an end-to-end demonstration of 5G New Radio in partnership with Qualcomm and ZTE. However, the Chinese operators have sometimes had challenges in translating their advanced R&D into practical roadmaps, but China Mobile says it plans to have 10,000 5G base stations commercially deployed by the end of 2020. The operator will start a large-scale trial next year, Guangyi Liu, wireless CTO for China Mobile’s research unit, told Huawei’s Global Mobile Broadband Forum in London last week. The MNO has almost 622m 4G subscribers and says it needs 5G to cope with even  larger numbers…

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