China operators launch the world’s first 5G cross-network trial service

China’s big four telecom operators said they will launch the world’s first 5G cross-network roaming trial commercial service in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.
China 5G base stationsThe service enables smartphone users to access other telecom operators’ 5G networks and using 5G services when their phone’s operator does not have 5G network coverage there, China Daily reports.

Dong Xin, general manager of China Mobile, said the company has built 1.55 million 5G base stations and covered 300 million households with its gigabit broadband network.

In building a new information service system, China Mobile now supports over 3 billion connections, first among all telecom operators in terms of scale.

China has built over 2.64 million 5G base stations as of the end of the first quarter of 2023, the country’s top industry regulator said on Thursday.

Zhao Zhiguo, spokesman of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, said China has also built 110 cities with gigabit networks, and total users of gigabit networks now exceeds 100 million.