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China Broadnet starts 5G service as country's 4th carrier

Government hopes competition will push incumbents to improve

A 5G sign is displayed at a Huawei store at a Beijing mall.    © Reuters

BEIJING/HONG KONG -- China Broadcasting Network has begun rolling out a new mobile service to challenge the three state-owned incumbents that dominate the market, though questions remain over whether another state enterprise can shake up the existing market structure.

The service, which includes high-speed 5G coverage, started Monday with an internal trial not open to the public. A CBN affiliate is accepting applications on its official social media account, but no date has been set for a full-fledged launch.

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