Revenue from telecommunications sector in China has increased 8.3 percent to 815.8 billion yuan (about $121 billion), according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
Emerging businesses, including big data, cloud computing, and internet data centers, expanded during the period. The emerging business revenue of China’s three telecom giants — China Telecom, China Mobile, and China Unicom, surged 36.3 percent year-on-year to 162.4 billion yuan, news report said last week.
Revenue for cloud computing services and big data rose 139.2 percent and 56.4 percent year-on-year, respectively.
China had 1.85 million 5G base stations, as telecom operators added 429,000 during the first six months of the year.
The amount of 5G base stations in use across China has exceeded 1.85 million, facilitating digitalization drive, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
China added nearly 300,000 5G base stations in the second quarter of the year, said Wang Peng, an official with the ministry, at a press conference recently.
By the end of June, the income of sectors including electronic information manufacturing, software, communication and the internet totaled over 10 trillion yuan (about 1.48 trillion U.S. dollars), Wang said.
China aims to add 600,000 5G base stations in 2022 and accelerate upgrading industrial internet.
The number of 5G mobile users in China reached 428 million by the end of May.