The highly anticipated debut of commercial 5G across China on Friday was underwhelming for some customers, who questioned the high price of the new high-speed data networks, reported the South China Morning Post.
“A 5G phone, a city with 5G network, and being able to pay for the data package,” wrote one user on Weibo, the Chinese social media platform. “I’m missing all three requirements.”
Another, in Zhengzhou, capital of central China’s Henan province, was disappointed by the first day of the roll-out: “The coverage is pretty wide in Zhengzhou, but it isn’t as fast as I thought.”
China and the US are engaged in a race for technological dominance and 5G has been cited as a key battleground for key military and security strategic use. China is expected to invest more than $150 billion in 5G by 2025, according to Goldman Sachs.