China had 1,968,000 5G base stations at the end of July and should reach 2,000,000 in August. I believe that is more than twice the total in the rest of the world. Users are at 475,000,000, more than the entire rest of the world.
Huawei is pulling ahead in technology, deploying a distributed Massive MIMO system. DM MIMO, also called cell-free, is the next big technological advance. It uses multiple MIMO radios all working together to optimize performance. DM MIMO does more for network builders than anything likely from “6G” in a decade.
“China leads the world in 5G SA networks with a 5G Core,” writes Dave Bolan of Dell’Oro. “They lead the world in 5G MEC deployments.” MEC stood for Mobile Edge but it’s being renamed.
Chinese telcos are building an almost unbelievably large Hybrid Cloud with intense computing power. They will soon be comparable size to some giants.
Consider laughing out loud when people in DC say the US is the leader.