China Unicom Zhang Yunyong: It will take 5-8 years for full 5G network coverage

Commissioner Zhang Yunyong: It will take 5-8 years for full 5G network coverage

Zhang Yunyong, member of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and general manager of China Unicom’s product center, said in an interview that it will take about 5 to 8 years for the full coverage of 5G networks. The cost of building a 5G network is high, and the scale is 2 to 3 times larger than that of 4G. Overall, if 5G is to achieve network coverage comparable to that of 4G, 10 million 5G base stations need to be built, at least 2 trillion yuan. He expects that by 2020, all operators will build a total of about 1 million 5G base stations. Judging from the current progress, it will take 5 to 8 years for full coverage to meet everyone’s needs.

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