China 5G mobile networks go online as race with US heats up


Stands at the China International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS) in Beijing on May 30, 2019

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China turned on its 5G networks ahead of schedule on Friday, as the country looks to push ahead with the next-generation technology amid its protracted trade war with the U.S.

5G promises super-fast data speeds that have the ability to support technologies like driverless cars.

China Telecom, China Unicom and China Mobile all unveiled 5G plans that start at around 128 yuan or $18 per month, but experts warned that the price could still be too high to drive wide-scale adoption.

The services offered by the state-owned carriers are all similar and go up to around 599…


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