Shenzhen Free Trade Zone Rolls Out Full 5G Coverage

By Ryan Gandolfo, April 29, 2019

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The Free Trade Zone (FTZ) in Qianhai and Shekou Area in Shenzhen has become the first FTZ in the country to deploy 5G technology, according to Global Times.

With 111 5G base stations built in the area, the 5G network can reportedly reach a peak bandwidth of over 1.5 gigabits per second (Gbps) with super-low latency of less than 8 milliseconds.

The FTZ in Qianhai and Shekou Area lies in between the Pearl River estuary and Shenzhen, covering over 28 square kilometers. The FTZ’s official website notes that the leading industries in the area are finance, modern logistics and information services, and that the government hopes to leverage the zone’s prime location next to Hong Kong and Shenzhen to build the area into a new international hub.

The 5G network was deployed by China Unicom, one of three state-owned telecommunications operators in the country. Last week at a conference in Shanghai, the company announced that they would be launching trial 5G services in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, among other major cities and economic zones in the PRC. According to Caixin Global, China Mobile and China Telecom, the two rival carriers in China, are set to launch their 5G services by next year.

Shenzhen was one of the first cities to trial 5G networks, with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology revealing in February that nearly 2,000 5G base stations would be piloted within the first six months of 2019. The city expects to have 7,000 base stations operating this year as they look to make 2020 the ‘year of 5G.’

READ MORE: Chinese Company Unveils 5G-Capable Unmanned Boat 

[Cover image via Zhan Peiming/gdftz.gov.cn]

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