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China regulator pushes 5G network contruction amid virus outbreak

(Xinhua)    13:20, February 24, 2020

BEIJING, Feb. 24 (Xinhua) -- China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has urged major telecom operators to timely assess the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak and quicken construction on the 5G network.

Telecom companies should optimize construction plans of the 5G network and fully utilize its role in stabilizing investments and spurring the development of the related industrial chain, according to a statement released after a work conference of the MIIT on Saturday.

Boosted by the news, 5G-related shares rose across the board on Monday.

China has extended the use of 5G technology in the ongoing battle against the epidemic, with wide applications in work resumption, long-distance disease diagnosis and temperature checking in transport networks.

The ministry said businesses should capitalize on business opportunities in sectors such as online education and health services to promote information consumption.

China greenlighted the commercial use of the superfast wireless technology in June last year, triggering a surge in consumer enthusiasm and an acceleration in industrial investment.

Leading telecom operator China Unicom said Sunday it will work with China Telecom to finish the construction of 250,000 5G base stations across the country by the end of the third quarter.

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