5G is growing by millions per month in China, although the exact status is unclear. The telcos are reporting "contracts," which continue to be far higher than the separately reported 5G phone sales. Some people are apparently signing up to 5G contracts even before they get the phones. The 5G price is the same as 4G and 5G has promotions. 

That said, China Mobile reported 8.7M new 5G contracts in Feb and a 15M total.8.7M new 5G contracts in Feb and a 15M total. Add China Tel & Unicom, China 5G is probably over 30M. China is now on track for >150M 5G in 2020, with the likely world total ~200M.

Xi Jinping has declared 5G a crucial part of the "New Infrastructure" that will be massively funded after the epidemic. CM is doing 300K sites in 2020, CT+CU 250K, China a total of 600K sites 2020.

What's wrong everywhere else?

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Welcome  Asia is installing hundreds of thousands of 5G radios and adding 5G subs by the tens of millions. The west is far behind. 200,000,000 in 2020

The demand is there, and most of the technology works. Meanwhile, the hype is unreal. Time for reporting closer to the truth.

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