Apr 20, 2021

China's MIIT builds world's largest 5G network

Sam Steers
1 min
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The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) in China has announced it is in the early stages of building the "world's largest" 5G network...

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) in China is in the initial stages of building the world's largest 5G network, following an announcement made on Monday.

The organisation predicted that 80 per cent of the total shipments to China in the second half of this year would be made up of 5G-enabled phones.

In a press conference, Liu Liehong, Vice Minister of the MIIT, said: "The country has built a total of 792,000 5G base stations by the end of February this year, with the number of mobile terminals connected to the network reaching 260 million."

Citing data from an international speed measuring agency, Liehong added: "China's mobile network speed ranks fourth among 139 countries and regions."

So far the country has built 792,000 5G base stations, completing the last of them in February this year with the number of network-connected mobile terminals reaching 260mn.

The MIIT hopes to promote the construction and application of 5G networks "in an orderly manner", with additional plans to build a "double gigabit" network infrastructure.

The infrastructure would cover urban areas and towns "where conditions allow" and plans to be completed in three years.

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Jun 11, 2021

ZTE Corporation drives Cellcard’s 5G ambitions for Cambodia

Scott Birch
2 min
Cambodian telco Cellcard turns to ZTE Corporation as the trusted partner to deliver 5G ambitions and boost national economy

When Cambodia’s only locally-owned telco, Cellcard, recognised the opportunity to develop 5G for the nation, it turned to global connectivity leader ZTE Corporation.

Serving a quarter of the world’s population, ZTE Corporation has been dedicated to enabling connectivity and trust since 1985, offering end-to-end product lines and integrated solutions for the telecommunications industry.

With more than 10% of annual revenue invested into research and development centres in the United States, Sweden and China, ZTE Corporation prides itself on owning more than 38,000 patents.

Now, the company has its sights set on the future, specifically the global commercial deployment of 5G and the opportunities that it brings.

Cellcard’s CEO Ian Watson is determined the telco will be the first to achieve full 5G coverage in Cambodia – in part to take advantage of the esports opportunity.

“Sixty per cent of the Cambodian population is under 30,” Watson told Mobile Magazine. “So you have this segment that can drive a lot of revenue for telcos. We realised from the research and industry trends that esports was becoming a huge phenomenon in Cambodia. So we said, what can we do to bring this to the youth? And the answer is in the network: consistency, low latency. It’s not just about the price: it’s about the consistency, quality and everything else.”

Cellcard, part of the Royal Group of Companies, signed a deal with ZTE Corporation for the introduction of 5G and increase of 4G coverage and capacity across Cambodia at the end of 2020.

The agreement cemented plans for the rolling out of 5G as well as evolving its 4G LTE coverage and quality – a significant financial investment that will position Cambodia as one of the leading nations in the region for 5G adoption.

This transformation of the ICT sector will directly impact citizens’ lives through technologies such as IoT, Big Data, AI, and AR to help drive a strong Cambodian economy.


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