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China's 5G network to reach 2m base stations this year

Beijing envisions new mobile services in manufacturing, medicine and education

Technicians test a 5G network base station in Gansu Province, China.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- China aims to install more than 600,000 5G base stations this year, according to the top industry regulator, expanding the country's high-speed mobile network to 2 million working units.

"All cities as well as 87% of all rural centers have 5G coverage, which puts (China) in the lead globally," Tian Yulong, spokesperson for the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, told reporters Monday. Minister Xiao Yaqing also spoke at the press conference.

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