Zhang Yunyong, member of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and general manager of China Unicom's product center, said in an interview that it will take about 5 to 8 years before the coverage of a comprehensive 5G network. The cost of building a 5G network is high, and the scale is 2 to 3 times larger than 4G. Overall, if 5G is to achieve comparable 4G network coverage, 10 million 5G base stations need to be built, at least 2 trillion yuan. He predicts that by 2020, all operators will build a total of about 1 million 5G base stations. From the current progress, it will take 5 to 8 years to fully cover the needs of everyone.

  (Reporter Wang Shibo Fan Siyi Beijing Report Editor Li Jiali)

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