5G will soon be deployed on one of South China’s most popular high-speed rail routes – the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link.
China Mobile announced the joint initiative with Chinese tech darling Huawei at an event in Hong Kong last week, according to China Daily. The entirety of the 141-kilometer railway is expected to have full 5G network coverage.
Although few specifics have been provided by either company in regards to the cost of the infrastructure project or a date for when lightning-speed 5G can be expected, telecommunications industry veteran Zhang Wei recently gave South China Morning Post a rundown on what commuters can expect from the faster network coverage.
One area in which 5G mobile service is expected to improve commuters’ experience is when trains pass through tunnels. With 4G technology, Zhang notes, network coverage has a tendency to slow down as the train enters through the route’s tunnels, while 5G mobile service is expected to solve that problem.
One important thing to note: it’s more than likely that your current 4G phone will not support 5G mobile service (as was the case for most 3G phones when the transition to 4G was made earlier this decade). Zhang does, however, mention that Chinese smartphone makers Huawei, Xiaomi and Oppo have already started introducing 5G phones on the market. About one-third of global 5G smartphone shipments are projected to come from China in 2023.
Who knows, by the time this latest project is complete, you may already own a 5G handset.
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