With the recent news about releases and policy changes of China mobile telecom companies, talks about the 5G race between China and the US have ignited again. While China moves quickly regarding 5G gadgets and technology. USA companies are taking lead in 5G applications and services. We will go through the major advances in 5G technology from both countries.
5G Race between China And US
There exists a growing belief that when it comes to 5G, China is leading the way. That is because of several reasons. The Chinese telecommunications company Huawei held a 28% share of the world telecommunications market as of the first half of 2019. Huawei and ZTE, another Chinese company. Offer their services around the world to build 5G networks for individual countries.
In October, China’s three state-owned wireless carriers named China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Telecom started offering 5G services commercially. Moreover, sharing 5G subscription packages. The recent news further shows that China is determined to prosper no matter the bans imposed on it by America.
The latest Huawei flagships — Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro — which were the company’s first 5G devices were banned from using licensed Google Apps and Products. However, the latest statements by analysts speaking to the Wall Street Journal reveal that these smartphones have not used a single US component, either physical or otherwise. A spokesperson from Huawei also said that all of its 5G hardware and services are now “America-free.” With these advancements and innovations, the Chinese government is sending a message to the US that technological advancements are their number one priority.Other than Huawei, we recently saw Realme empowering China’s 5G game. Realme’s CEO and founder, Sky Li, shares a major policy change through a Weibo post that the company will release 5G mobile phones in the domestic market only from next year. The X50 series will be releasing soon. While 4G phones will still be released globally.
While all this technology news makes us believe China is the winner. However, we certainly can’t forget that the four major American companies namely Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile are progressing well in the 5G roadmap. Eric Ross, chief investment strategist at Cascend Securities remarks that: