China is at the forefront of R&D in regards to 5G technology. At the 4th World Internet Conference, China Telecom Research Institute Chief Technical Officer Bi Qi discussed how Chinese telecom companies are investing heavily in 5G and conducting rigorous tests across the country. “The government should formulate corresponding policies to encourage them,” notes Qi. “Meanwhile, other players involved in the telecom sector should also participate.” China Mobile Communications Corp., for instance, is stepping up efforts to develop 5G technology. The company plans to launch a pre-commercial service in 2019 before launching a fully commercialized 5G network in 2020.