China News Service, February 22 (Zheng Yingying) 2021 Mobile World Congress Shanghai will be held from 23rd to 25th.

The organizer GSMA (Global System for Mobile Communications Association) released the "2021 China Mobile Economic Development Report" in Shanghai on the 22nd. The content shows that with the rapid popularization of 5G, China has become one of the global leaders in 5G applications.

  The report data shows that as of January 2021, there are 144 5G commercial networks in 57 countries around the world, and the number of 5G connections has reached about 235 million.

  Among them, in 2020, China's 5G will grow strongly and become the world's largest 5G market.

By the end of 2020, China has more than 200 million 5G connections, accounting for 87% of the total number of 5G connections in the world.

China's 5G growth has benefited from policy support, operators' vigorous deployment of infrastructure, and the vigorous development of the terminal ecosystem.

In 2020, despite the outbreak of the epidemic, Chinese operators still deployed about 600,000 new 5G base stations, and plan to continue to increase the deployment of 5G base stations in 2021.

  The report pointed out that the rapid transition of 5G means that China's 4G application has reached its peak.

In 2020, 4G penetration rate will decline for the first time. As more and more consumers switch to increasingly popular 5G services, 4G will continue to decline in the next few years.

According to the GSMA think tank "Consumer Focus Survey 2020", Chinese consumers are more eager to upgrade to 5G than consumers in other global markets.

This is due to the continuous increase in the proportion of sales of 5G equipment in mainland China: in 2020, its sales of 5G smartphones will be 163 million, accounting for nearly 53% of the total sales of smartphones.

By 2025, 4G is expected to account for 53% of China's total connections, while 5G will account for 47%.

In the foreseeable future, these two technologies will jointly dominate China's mobile access network.

  In addition, the report also shows that the new crown pneumonia epidemic has had a considerable impact on China's mobile data traffic.

At the beginning of 2020, when the epidemic situation is severe, most Chinese people are required to prevent the epidemic at home. This makes the mobile Internet use time soaring to 7.3 hours per user per day, which is more than 1 hour more than before the epidemic.

This is mainly because daily activities such as work, study, and shopping have turned to online channels.

The epidemic has also accelerated the use of digital financial services.

According to data from the GSMA Think Tank "Consumer Focus Survey 2020", currently (China) about 46% of smartphone users use contactless mobile payment technology to spend at least once a week (compared to 30% in Japan and 20% in the United States) .

  In addition, the report stated that there are many internationally renowned smartphone manufacturers in China, including Huawei, Oppo, True Self, and Xiaomi. With a rich product portfolio and price advantage, Chinese OEMs have steadily expanded their market share in the past five years and expanded all the way to the rest of the world. China's smartphone production will also affect 5G applications in China and globally. (Finish)