China’s fourth telco launches 5G services

27 Jun 2022

China Broadnet – the English language brand name given to China’s fourth telco, China Radio and Television – has announced the launch of its 5G mobile services, Xinhua reports. The state-backed operator is an amalgamation of local cable broadcast and television operators and was awarded a 5G licence in June 2019. Rather than compete directly with the existing trio of providers, China Radio and TV aims to establish itself as a 5G-based converged media communications network, using the system to develop immersive and interactive broadcast and TV media services – such as augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) – alongside mobile communications. The company rebranded as China Broadnet earlier this month, having previously used the China Broadcasting Network Corporation (CBN) moniker as well as China Radio and TV, at the same time as it began pre-registration for phone numbers. With the launch of its 5G service, Broadnet was cited as saying that it would: ‘speed up the development of a new-type radio and TV communication network, a national cultural network, and a national, new-type infrastructure network.’

As noted by TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, China Broadnet’s 5G network has been rolled out through a partnership with China Mobile. Under the deal, Mobile would deploy, operate and maintain the 700MHz 5G network but the two providers would share use of the system. In addition, Broadnet was given temporary wholesale access to China Mobile’s 4G and 2600MHz 5G networks.