With over 1.6 Million 5G Base Stations, China Takes Global Lead in Number of Patents

June 28, 2022

According to the latest statistics from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People's Republic of China, by the end of April, China has built 1.615 million 5G base stations, becoming the first country in the world to build a 5G network on a scale based on an independent networking model, 5G base stations accounting for 16% of the total number of mobile base stations.

Since the issuance of 5G licenses in June 2019, China's basic telecom operators have adhered to the principle of overall planning and moderate advance, and promoted joint construction and sharing, so that 5G network construction can be faster and more efficient. According to the statistics, in 2021, 1.425 million 5G base stations had been opened in China, and the 5G network had covered all prefecture-level cities, more than 98% of county towns, and 80% of townships. The number of 5G mobile phone terminal connections reached 518 million. In the first quarter of this year, the number of newly constructed 5G base stations reached 134,000.

In recent years, China's 5G key technological innovation breakthroughs have made new progress. The number of 5G standard essential patents declared by Chinese companies remains the world leader.

(Source: People's Daily)