5G is the next generation cellular technology with download speeds stated to be 10 to 100 times faster than the current 4G LTE networks. The 5G networking standard is seen as critical because it can support the next generation of mobile devices in addition to new applications like driverless cars.
China has already said that it aims at becoming the global leader in next generation telecom technology surpassing the US and other western nations.
The other countries that have launched 5G are US, the UK and South Korea.
State-owned carriers China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom rolled out their 5G data services across the country. The entry of 5G means consumers can now get access to superfast speeds as more than 86,000 base stations, covering 50 cities, have already been set up in China.