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Shenzhen becomes first Chinese city to get 5G

China is the 3rd country on Earth to get 5G. (Source:
China is the 3rd country on Earth to get 5G. (Source:
China Unicom has deployed a 5G network in an area of Shenzhen called the Qianhai-Shekou Free Trade Zone. This makes China one of only 3 countries with the new generation of wireless networks. The carrier is now planning exhibitions of 5G applications in the Zone.

The city of Shenzhen has experienced a 5G roll-out...albeit in only one specific area. It is known as the Qianhai-Shekou Free Trade Zone. The next-gen radio bands are offered by the carrier China Unicom. There are now 111 base-stations for that purpose in the Zone.

This means that China is one of a handful of countries with 5G, after South Korea, the US and Switzerland. The country will not lack for 5G phone providers, however: OnePlus, OPPO, Xiaomi and ZTE, to name but a few, have already demonstrated their commitment to working with Qualcomm to incorporate the chip-maker's new modems.

China Unicom has also planned a show in the Free Trade Zone to showcase 5G's capabilities and potential. It will run from April 26 to 28. They may include the implementation of a 'smart city', autonomous vehicle control and other futuristic public amenities.


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-04-26 (Update: 2019-04-26)