First, on August 15, Wang Xiaochu, chairman of China Unicom, said at its mid-term performance conference in 2019 that in the current transitional period, the lowest package price for 5G function packages launched by China Unicom is 190 yuan per month. In the long-term plan, China Unicom will seek to price differently according to the quality and speed of users.
But netizens do not buy, many people have said that the price of this package is too expensive to use, or obediently use 4G, others said, 190 is too high, 99 reluctantly, wage level is different from abroad, can not be simple price analogy ah...
Wang Qiming, general manager of China Unicom Terminal and Channel Support Center, was later asked this question in a public occasion. He said that the unit price of 5G traffic is only one tenth of that of 4G, and the monthly payment of users will not change much.
How similar is this scenario? Similar discussions were held in 2013 and 2014, when 4G was just starting to be commercially available. But the price of the packages at that time was also not low.
China Mobile launched a trial commercial package of 4G in September 2013
Earlier this month, Beijing Telecom and Beijing Mobile launched a series of 5G mobile phone promotions, saying that users who buy 5G mobile phones before September 30 can receive 100GB 5G traffic experience packages free of charge every month, which will automatically expire after October.
This morning, according to the operators financial and economic network, a person familiar with the situation revealed that the three major operators will be commercializing 5G on September 1, but there is no news that the three major operators will subsidize the purchase of 5G machines.
In the first half of the year, China Mobiles operating income reached 389.4 billion yuan, down 0.6% year on year, and its net profit was 56.1 billion yuan, down 14.6% year on year.
China Unicom realized service income of 133 billion yuan, down 1.1% year-on-year, net profit of 6.88 billion yuan, up 16.32% year-on-year.
Faced with the fact that revenue is declining, the three major operators are facing a choice between profit or 5G. According to Zhang Yunlai, the special author of C114 communication network, on the one hand, the industry income has entered a negative growth trend, on the other hand, the daily construction fund demand of 5G is needed. Faced with the requirements and expectations of regulators and investors for income and profit growth, as well as the great opportunities for the development of 5G construction, it has become a problem that operators must seriously consider whether to ensure income and profit growth or to build 5G.
Especially for the giant China Mobile, it is under pressure. This is the first double decline in revenue and profit since the listing of China Mobile. It is also the biggest decline in the past 10 years.
However, the three major operators are still very positive about the 5G promotion. Yang Jie, chairman of China Mobile, said that China Mobile will build more than 50,000 5G base stations and realize 5G commercial services in more than 50 cities during the year. He said: 2020 to 2022 is the main cycle of 5G investment, with three years to go. China Mobile will control the total investment will not increase substantially, through the joint efforts of the industrial chain, this goal can be achieved.
In addition, China Mobile said it would continue to increase investment, and its annual capital expenditure would increase from 149.9 billion yuan announced at the beginning of the year to 165.9 billion yuan. The extra 16 billion yuan would be mainly used for 5G construction, so China Mobiles 5G expenditure would reach about 25 billion yuan.
For China Unicom, expenditure will remain unchanged. Wang Xiaochu said, Capital expenditure including 5G will not exceed 580 billion yuan in the whole year and 8 billion yuan in this years 5G capital expenditure will remain unchanged. China Unicom will maintain the construction scale of 140,000 5G base stations in 2019, and has now built 17,000 5G base stations in China.
China Telecom said it would build 40,000 5G base stations in about 50 cities this year. In March this year, China Telecom announced that it would invest 9 billion yuan in 5G construction this year to achieve 17 urban coverage, and then announced that 5G coverage would be expanded to 40 cities and regions.
In the afternoon of August 22, Gartner, an information technology research and consultancy firm, predicted that global revenue from 5G wireless network devices would reach $4.2 billion by 2020, an increase of 89% compared with $2.2 billion in 2019. Sylvain Fabre, senior research director at Gartner, said: Between 2019 and 2020, revenue from 5G wireless network devices will almost double. Communications service providers deployed 5G in 2019 using a non-stand-alone networking architecture. This technology realizes the hybrid networking of 5G new air port (NR) equipment and existing 4G core network infrastructure, which makes it relatively easy for communication service providers to launch 5G services faster than 4G.
5G network, packages, mobile phones are useless. But things should change quickly in the second half of the year. On August 5, Suning launched the first domestic 5G mobile phone neutral spacecraft Axon 10Pro (5G) in Beijing. The price of 6GBRAM + 128GBROM is 4999 yuan.
On August 16, China Mobile Beijing Branch launched Huawei Mate20X (5G) mobile phone. At 12 noon on August 15, Huawei announced that its first 5G mobile phone, Mate20 (5G), had booked more than 1 million units at a price of 6,199 yuan.
And OPPO, vivo, millet and other mobile phone manufacturers have also obtained 5G mobile phone access license. On August 21, Samsung Electronics released its first 5G mobile phone, Samsung Galaxy Note 10 + 5G, in Beijing for 7999 yuan. This evening, vivo also released its first 5G mobile iQOOPro (5G)... In the second half of the year, more and more 5G mobile phones are on the road.