A spokesperson for China’s telecoms watchdog the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has confirmed that the regulator is planning to accelerate the commercialisation of 5G technology, and is working on radio frequency plans and 5G licences. China Daily cites vice minister of industry and IT Chen Zhaoxiong as saying that the MIIT is stepping up its efforts to promote the maturity of 5G technologies and is aiming to create a complete industrial chain to create a strong foundation for the commercial exploitation of 5G. ‘We will unveil a radio frequency spectrum map and grant licences to telecom carriers in time, so as to meet the demand for 5G network construction and increasing efforts to widen applications,’ the official added. Although the minister stopped short of providing a specific timetable for 5G licensing, TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that the MIIT has previously said that it expects to issue 5G licences in the second half of 2019.
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