China has ambitious plans for the upcoming 5G era. During the recently concluded Mobile World Congress (MWC) Shanghai, Asia’s largest mobile event, China Mobile, the world’s largest telecom carrier in terms of subscribers, said that it will start large-scale 5G trials in 2018 before commercially launching 5G networks in the country in 2020. Beyond that, China is set to become the world’s top 5G market by 2025, with 5G connections in the country hitting 428 million to account for 39 percent of the world’s total, according to a study published at the MWC Shanghai. But as well as quantitative clout in 5G, China is also increasingly pursuing global leadership in terms of setting standards related to 5G technology.
In an exclusive interview with the Global Times (GT) during the MWC, John Baker (JB), senior vice president of business development for Mavenir, a US software-based global mobile telecommunications network supplier, shared his thoughts on the importance of 5G standardization as well as China’s current position in shaping 5G standards.