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China’s First 5G-Covered High-Speed Railway Switches On

By Ding Yi / Jan 13, 2020 06:22 PM / Business & Tech

China’s first high-speed railway with full 5G wireless coverage has reportedly been put into operation, amid the country’s “travel rush” when people traditionally travel home for Chinese New Year.

Trains running on the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link, a line that stretches 141 kilometers and serves seven stations, are able to provide superfast 5G mobile service even when they go through tunnels or stop at railway stations, state broadcaster CCTV reported Saturday.

That means commuters on the rail line can access social media services, smartphone games and video apps with faster speeds, more stable connectivity and reduced latency.

“I just used the 5G network to watch a video and there was no buffering,” a passenger told CCTV at the Shenzhen North Railway Station.

More than 300 5G base stations are set to be built along the rail line, the report said.

China is accelerating the nationwide rollout of 5G networks, which should be able to improve industrial uses of the internet and enable autonomous driving. By the end of November, the country had set up some 113,000 5G base stations.

Contact reporter Ding Yi (yiding@caixin.com)

Related: China Issues Spectrum to State-Owned Broadcaster to Increase 5G Competition

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