5G Users in China Projected to Reach 600 Million by 2025

A staff member shows a 5G-based remote driving technology during the 2019 Smart China Expo in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality, Aug. 26, 2019. The 2019 Smart China Expo kicked off Monday at the Chongqing International Expo Center. High techs including 5G live broadcast and 5G remote emergency medical aid are among the expo's highlights. (Xinhua/Tang Yi)

SHANGHAI (Xinhua) — China will have over 600 million 5G subscribers by 2025, accounting for nearly 40 percent of the global total, Sihan Bo Chen, head of GSMA Greater China, told Xinhua on Monday.

The global 5G subscriber forecast has increased to 1.6 billion by 2025 from 1.4 billion, and much of this growth will come from China based on operators’ rolled-out plans, she said, citing a forecast by GSMA, an international association in the mobile industry.

Up to 85 percent of the Chinese population will subscribe to mobile services by 2025, while 88 percent of those subscribers will have smartphones and 36 percent will use 5G services, said John Hoffman, CEO of GSMA Ltd.


“We welcome China’s continued effort to promote openness to build a ‘shared future’ through collaboration and cooperation,” he said.


As a co-organizer of the World Internet Conference held in east China’s Zhejiang Province, GSMA released a white paper on artificial intelligence (AI) in network case studies together with China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, Huawei and other companies.

“We hope the development of the mobile network in China will inspire the rest of the world and bring next-generation AI services to life,” said Sihan Bo Chen.