Chinese full-service provider China Unicom claimed a total of 130,000 5G base stations in operation at the end of May, Xinhua writes. Of that figure, 115,000 were deployed jointly with its 5G network partner and fellow full-service provider China Telecom. The sites are currently deployed across 50 cities nationwide, but Unicom is aiming to increase the number of active 5G base stations to 300,000 by the end of the year, by which date it intends to cover all prefecture-level cities. As noted by TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Unicom and Telecom signed a cooperation agreement in September 2019 to co-build and co-share 5G infrastructure, and the pair had jointly rolled out 60,000 base stations by the end of the year.
In a separate development, meanwhile, Chinese vendor ZTE announced that it and China Telecom had deployed what it claimed was the industry’s first 4G/5G dual-band micro base station supporting the 3500MHz band. Capable of reaching downlink speeds of 1.1Gbps, ZTE claims the technology guarantees ‘the service experience of 4G/5G coverage in a 5G Standalone (SA) network’.