As Beijing and Washington grapple for the top-dog technology crown – China’s mobile operators have made 5G services available to the public.

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This week China, seeking to become a global technology leader, unveiled their 5G data plans, featuring state-owned carriers; China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom.

5G is the fifth-generation of mobile internet connectivity – It assures much more high-speed data download, broader coverage, faster upload speeds, and more stable connections. This year, South Korea, the US and the UK all rolled out their 5G networks.

The Chinese carriers had initially scheduled the launch for next year but accelerated the rollout. The super-fast service is now available to consumers in 50 Chinese cities, including Beijing and Shanghai.

More than 130,000 5G base stations will be initiated by the end of the year to support the 5G network – this move would make it one of the world’s largest 5G deployments. With Chinese tech giant Huawei at the heart of the power struggle, China may just get the edge over the US, who they have been vying with for leadership in the technology sector.

Huawei has supplied the most significant amount of network equipment for China’s 5G rollout and has been in discussions with numerous other countries to help with their 5G networks. However, the US has blacklisted the company, arguing it poses a threat to national security and has lobbied allies to shun Huawei from their 5G networks.

Huawei denies these allegations, and many in China see the US actions as part of its efforts to restrain the rise of the world’s second-largest economy.

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