Beijing had 28.9 5G base stations per 10,000 people

China’s capital Beijing had a total of 63,000 5G base stations as of the end of July, up 11,000 from the end of last year, local press reported.

According to Sun Lixin, an official from the city’s communications administration, Beijing had 28.9 5G base stations per 10,000 people.

Sun also noted that 5G services were available in 68% of Beijing’s 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Ring roads and also in 84% of 145 key public areas including hospitals, railway stations, and subway stations.

The official also highlighted that China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom provided fixed broadband services to 8.56 million subscribers in Beijing by the end of July. The number of gigabit-broadband users amounted to over 1 million, accounting for 12.3% of all broadband users in the city.

China’s main financial hub Shanghai had deployed 51,716 5G base stations by the end of April, with 20.8 5G base stations per 10,000 residents, according to previous press reports.

Also, the city of Shanghai had built 8.2 5G base stations per square kilometer as of the end of April, according to the Shanghai Communications Administration.

Chinese carriers have already deployed over 2.1 million 5G base stations across the country, local news agency Xinhua recently reported, citing data from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).

The number of 5G base stations as of the end of August represented 19.8% of total mobile base stations in China, up 5.5 percentage points compared to the end of last year, according to the MIIT.

A total of 677,000 5G base stations were built by local mobile operators in the first eight months of this year, according to the ministry.

By the end of 2021, the number of 5G base stations in the country represented over 60% of the global total, according to figures from China’s National Bureau of Statistics.

Chinese operators recorded a net gain of 26.2 million 5G subscribers last month, according to the carriers’ latest available figures.

China Mobile, the world’s largest operator in terms of subscribers, added a total of 15.08 million 5G subscribers during August. The operator said it ended last month with 538.8 million 5G subscribers.

China Mobile has added a total of 152 million subscribers in the 5G segment since the beginning of the year.

Rival operator China Unicom said it added a total of 4.88 million 5G subscribers during last month. The carrier ended August with 194.83 million 5G subscribers.

Meanwhile, China Telecom added 6.27 million 5G subscribers last month to take its total 5G subscribers base to 243.6 million. Since the beginning of the year, the telco had added a total of 55.8 million 5G subscribers.