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China grants first 5G private network licence

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has granted the licence to a domestic aeroplane manufacturer.

The Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) will receive a 5G licence from the MIIT. This is the first commercial 5G private network licence to be awarded in the country.

The company will receive spectrum in the 5925-6125MHz and 24.750-25.15 GHz bands. The Chinese government is trying to promote industrial 5G networks which it says is key to “boosting manufacturing prowess”.

Private 5G networks are growing around the world. The global mobile suppliers association says there are now 889 enterprises known to be deploying private networks worldwide. This is an increase of 68% from 528 in September 2021

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