The Chinese government is expected to release a 5G license for telcos in the second half of 2019 after the country seeks to commercialise the next generation mobile technology.
“We will be the first group of countries to issue 5G licenses in the world, most likely in the second half of 2019 until the first half of 2020,” said Wang Zhiqin, as Deputy Director of the Chinese Academy of Information and Communication Technology (CAICT), a study institute affiliated with the Ministry of Industry and China Information Technology (MIIT).
China is gearing up to lead the 5G development. Earlier it was behind other countries that first issued 4G and 3G licenses. China was even three to eight years behind from some pioneer countries of information and communication technology.
“China will probably also distribute the bands in the second half of this year so it will speed up the construction of 5G networks,” said Wang who is also Head of the IMT2020 Promotion Team (5G) established under MIIT to accelerate the rapidly growing information technology in mainland China.