China's three state-owned telecom operators launched services for the next generation of wireless technology on Nov. 1.
China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom are offering 5G plans that start at 128 yuan ($ 18) for 30GB of data per month, giving Internet users in China access to ultra-fast service.
5G commercial services are now available in 50 cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Guanzhou and Shenzhen, according to state news agency Xinhua. In Shanghai, about 12,500 base stations were activated to support 5G coverage in all major outdoor areas of the city.
Other countries including the United States and South Korea have launched 5G services in selected areas this year. However, China's commercial network is the largest, according to Bernstein Research, given the country's biggest influence on global technology developments.
"The scale of its network and the price of 5G services will have a crucial impact on the supply chain," said Bernstein analyst Chris Lane in a research note earlier this week.
China has more mobile internet users than any other country, with about 850 million people using their smartphones to surf the internet, according to Xinhua.
Analysts at Jefferies predict that China will have 110 million 5G users – about 7% of the country's population – by 2020. South Korea launched its 5G network in April, and about 3% of the country's internet users joined it. , according to Jefferies.