China, on Thursday, June 6th, granted 5G commercial licenses to four domestic companies, in its bid to be a global leader in next generation wireless networks, amid serious tensions with the United States over the Huawei ban, AFP has reported.
5G networks are the next generation of mobile internet connectivity that provides faster data transfer speeds and more reliable connections on smartphones and other devices than ever before.
Chinese state-owned telecom providers China Telecom, China Mobile, China Unicom and China Broadcasting Network Corporation received business licences to operate fifth generation digital cellular mobile communication services, the Industry and Information Technology Ministry said.
"After the issuance of 5G licences, we will continue to welcome foreign companies to actively participate in China's 5G market, seek common development of China's 5G, and share the achievements of China's 5G development," said Miao Wei, the minister of industry and information technology.
Chinese telecom giant Huawei's ambitions in 5G development have faced challenges from the United States, which has urged other countries to shun the company over security concerns.
Huawei, commenting on the ministry's announcement, said it will "fully support" the Chinese operators to build 5G.
"(We) believe that in the near future, China's 5G will lead the world," Huawei said.
President Donald Trump banned US companies in May from selling high-tech components to Huawei on national security grounds, though a 90-day reprieve was issued.
In a retaliatory move, China announced it would create its own blacklist of "unreliable" foreign companies.