5G, China's Story
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5G, China's Story

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5G, China's Story

Technology Author:Ivan Platonov Aug 31, 2020 10:44 PM (GMT+8)

ContributorsYingwei Fu, Beier Kan, Dixuan Lu, Qing Lan, Hang Yang, Zhu Peng

EditorLuke Sheehan


CopyrightEqualOcean Intelligence



Business implications of the looming wireless upgrade.


  • The technology layer will present at least USD 947 billion of 5G-related investment opportunities in China over the next five years
  • The absolute dominance of smartphones, which shaped the 4G era, will be challenged by various IoT-type devices
  • We expect the local base station optical module market to add an extra USD 8 billion to the total value of the 5G ecosystem in 2020-2025
  • The nationwide demand for data storage capacities is projected to grow tenfold by 2025, creating over USD 126 billion of value in the data center field
  • The Chinese semiconductor industry, including contract manufacturers and OSAT companies, will add more than USD 231 billion to the value pool


  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Executive summary
  • 3 China's 5G business ecosystem
  • 4 'Explain 5G as if I were 5'
  • 5 Instant winners: the technology layer overview
  • 6 Application layer stars: an investment handbook

In this report

130 companies

From the technology and the application layers to win big from the 5G rollout in China

14 market projections

Across a number of areas from semiconductors to terminal devices

About the research

EqualOcean Intelligence is the research and consulting division of EqualOcean. It provides market and investment analysis, as well as advisory services for global enterprises and public decision-makers. Widely recognized across a number of industries thanks to its service capacity and research methodology, EqualOcean Intelligence closely tracks cutting-edge technologies, applying unique frameworks and models to solve longstanding and emerging problems.

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