A passenger tests the 5G network and services in the Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station, Feb. 18, 2019. The railway station, one of the world's busiest, will become the world's first "5G station." [Photo/Chinanews.com]
Shanghai has become the first city with a trial 5G network with existing 500 5G base stations and various 5G applications, Shanghai Daily learned during a 5G exhibition and summit.
China Unicom will invest 15 billion yuan (US$2.23 billion) in Shanghai by 2021 on information infrastructure and 5G. Shanghai will become the first city nationwide, among the first batch seven cities, to debut China Unicom's 5G services, industry officials said during the 5G event, held by China Unicom and Shanghai government.
Shanghai now has more than 500 5G base stations constructed by carriers including China Mobile and China Unicom.
China Unicom, the country's second biggest carrier, also announced partnership with industry giants, including smart vendor Oppo and online literature service provider China Literature.
Oppo and China Unicom announced in Shanghai on Wednesday to establish a joint innovation center on 5G technologies and application. Both sides also plan to open 100 5G experience centers nationwide, including first two in downtown Shanghai. Oppo will also offer China Unicom 5G versions of its popular models Reno, which boasts the world's first 10x optical zoom lens.
China Literature, handed with China Unicom, kicked off a new smartphone with Kindle-like e-ink screen, which is designed for long-time reading and eye protection. The new "Pocket Reader" phone can store up to 9,000 e-books. It supports 12 million novels licensed by 2,000 publishers with seven languages.
It's also the latest move for Tencent-invested China Literature to test water in the hardware sector.
Tech firms including China Unicom, Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent, Huawei, ZTE, Oppo, Vivo and Qualcomm attended the show. During smartphone booths, 5G download speed hit 729 Mbps (Megabits per second), 30 times faster compared with current 4G networks. With 5G support, cloud game is showcased, which allows users to play games instantly without downloading applications.
The three-day event, held in the Shanghai Expo Center, ended on Thursday.