State-owned telecom operators China Telecom and China Unicom have entered into a partnership in relation to 5G mobile network infrastructure in an initiative that will help cut costs.
The companies said in separate statements on Monday that a “co-build, co-share” framework agreement will demarcate districts in 15 cities for network construction, Reuters reports.
In Beijing, Tianjin, Zhengzhou, Qingdao and Shijiazhuang, the ratio of construction districts handled by China Unicom to China Telecom will be 6:4, while that ratio will be reversed in the 10 southern cities, including Shanghai, according to the report.
The company handling a designated region will bear the associated investment, maintenance and operating costs.
The agreement was signed by China Telecom and a unit of China Unicom.
Unicom said in its statement that it believes the cooperation will help “(improve) network investment return and asset operation efficiency, leading to win-win for both parties.”
China is rushing to join the 5G race, aiming to roll out the service in more than 50 cities this year. Tie-ups between major telecom carriers could lessen overall infrastructure spending on 5G.
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