A pedestrian walks past a 5G promotion board in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu province. [Photo by Su Yang/For China Daily]

BEIJING – China will quicken the development of 5G network construction with more than 600,000 5G base stations expected to be built nationwide by the end of 2020, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).

Prefecture-level cities are expected to achieve continuous outdoor connection of the 5G network within the year, with key areas in counties and townships to be covered, as well as major indoor scenarios, said MIIT.

Some 164,000 5G base stations had been established across the country by the end of February, MIIT data showed.

The telecom enterprises will be encouraged to promote 5G terminal consumption and accelerate the migration of users to 5G through package upgrades and purchases with credit.

MIIT statistics also showed shipments of 5G mobile phone products reached 26 million sets as of March 26.