China to ramp up its 5G network construction following coronavirus shutdown

By LAURIE CLARKE

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has announced it will be supporting telecom operators to ramp up standalone 5G network coverage and capacity following the coronavirus-induced slowdown. 

MIIT instructed telecommunication firms to expedite equipment procurement, survey design and engineering construction in order to help mitigate the impact of the epidemic. 

The country aims to speed up migration to 5G, increase network and data centre construction, and promote the development of 5G in the areas of medical health, industrial internet and car networking.

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