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China’s new 5G entrant can punch above its weight through asset sharing

Last week we examined the challenges facing the Chinese operators, as they cope with the dual pressures of meeting government expectations for accelerated 5G roll-out, and of financing 5G networks with no prospect of near-term revenue increases. Now the three main operators are responding to these pressures by seeking a far higher degree of infrastructure and investment sharing than the market has previously seen. The three majors – China Mobile, Telecom and Unicom – already share a large proportion of their passive infrastructure via the vast and government-backed China Tower joint venture. There have been many reports that this structure might be applied to some active infrastructure and transport fiber over time. And now there is a new entrant to…

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