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Aug 17, 2020 08:00 PM
BUSINESS & TECH

Shenzhen Boasts World’s Biggest 5G Network

What’s new: The southern Chinese city of Shenzhen currently boasts the world’s largest 5G network, with all areas covered by 5G, Mayor Chen Rugui announced Monday at a press conference.

With a total of 46,480 stations for a population of around 13 million, Shenzhen is now the world’s No. 1 city in terms of 5G stations per person.

Shenzhen’s 5G network uses the so-called standalone access (SA) mode, which creates a network with less latency than the other type of 5G network called NSA (non-standalone access).

The background: China is currently the world’s leader in 5G infrastructure. However, most of the 5G network it has built over the past two years is based on NSA modes built on top of the current 4G network.

Chinese major three mobile carriers have said the NSA network will serve as a stopgap measure and has since early this year ramped up investment to build more SA stations.

As of the end of June, China had a total of 410,000 5G stations already up and running. By the end of July, China had as many as 88 million 5G phone users, accounting for 80% of the world’s total, according to data provided by government officials.

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Related: China Has 66 Million Devices Connected to 5G, Official Says

Contact reporter Mo Yelin (yelinmo@caixin.com)

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