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China switches on 5G networks as tech rivalry with US grows

Beijing seeks economic boost in telecom, smartphones and connected factories

China debuts commercial 5G mobile service on Friday. The new technology is expected to lift China's economy by $2.4 billion in 2030.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- China's state telecommunications networks begin commercial 5G service on Friday, which the government hopes will lead to new services that lift the economy out of a slump induced by the trade war.

China's telecom equipment makers face pressure overseas from Washington's security allegations. Beijing looks for fifth-generation wireless networks to give these companies a boost at home while helping to put the country ahead of the U.S. on new online services.

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