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China Eyes Leading Role in Global 5G

A 5G display is seen at the Mobile World Congress, the world's biggest mobile fair, on Feb. 26 in Barcelona, Spain. Photo: VCG
A 5G display is seen at the Mobile World Congress, the world's biggest mobile fair, on Feb. 26 in Barcelona, Spain. Photo: VCG

China will start to test commercial-quality 5G wireless services next year and could roll out national commercial networks in 2020 as it tries to play a leading role in the development of next-generation telecommunications services, a leading researcher said.

Such a timeline is roughly consistent with other recent signals from China’s regulators and industry players over the last few months, as the nation prepares for a multibillion-dollar spending spree to build its next generation of wireless networks.

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