China’s three state-owned telecommunication carriers – China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom – launched their 5G data plans just last Thursday.
The country is due to activate more than 130,000 5G base stations by the end of this year to support the network, which is one of the world’s largest 5G deployments.
Chinese engineers have already built a ‘5G smart town’ near Shanghai, where residents will be able to download TV series, movies or games at an impressive speed of 1.7GB per second.
China has named Wuzhen the country’s first ‘5G town’ which has which boasts super-fast internet connection in every corner of the place. Wuzhen (pictured) is an ancient water town
5G signal is sent out to the nooks and crannies of the 27-square-mile town of Wuzhen by more than 140 transmitters, which went into service recently.
The country is also on its way to completing a 5G-equipped high-speed train station, in collaboration with Chinese tech giant Huawei.
The ‘super-fast’ 5G network will be fitted to the existing Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station, which is one of Asia’s busiest traffic hubs and handles some 60 million passengers a year .
Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station (pictured) handles some 60 million passengers a year
Visitors to the station will be able to download a 2GB high-definition film in less than 20 seconds, according to Huawei.
In comparison, it would take three minutes and 20 seconds to download the same film on a standard 4G network.