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Recently, the news of the discount of the 5G packages of the three major operators has caused heated discussion. The monthly fee that started from 100 yuan has been reduced to 88 yuan after discount.Industry insiders expect that as the price of 5G mobile phones dips and the coverage of 5G networks expands, the lower threshold 5G entry package may be launched within the year, and 5G tariffs are only one step away from discounts to price reductions.
Recently, the news of the discount of the 5G packages of the three major operators has caused heated discussion. The monthly fee that started from 100 yuan has been reduced to 88 yuan after discount.
With the continuous update of 5G mobile phones by domestic mobile phone manufacturers, the price of 5G mobile phones has been lowered to less than 1600 yuan, and the promotion of the “618 Shopping Festival” has undoubtedly ushered in a wave of replacement phones.
At the same time, to accelerate the migration of 5G users, 5G tariffs will undoubtedly go hand in hand with 5G mobile phones.Industry insiders expect that as the price of 5G mobile phones dips and the coverage of 5G networks expands, the lower threshold 5G entry package may be launched within the year, and 5G tariffs are only one step away from discounts to price reductions.
Operators are discounting all 5G packages, with a minimum tariff of less than one hundred yuan
On October 31, 2019, the details of the 5G packages of the three major telecom operators were released, with a minimum package price of 128 yuan/month.
China Mobile’s 5G package has a minimum of 128 yuan/30GB/200 minutes of calls per month, and a maximum of 598 yuan/300GB/3000 minutes of calls per month; China Unicom’s 5G package has a minimum of 129 yuan/30GB/500 minutes of calls per month, and the maximum isMonthly 599 yuan/300GB/3000 minutes of calls; China Telecom’s 5G package minimum is 129 yuan/30GB/500 minutes of calls per month, and the highest is 599 yuan/300GB/3000 minutes of calls.
At the same time, the three major operators also announced corresponding discounts.According to the age of the network, old users enjoy 7 discounts and new users 20% discount.After receiving, new and old users can enjoy discounts on 5G package fees for 6 consecutive months from the next month after ordering China Mobile’s national unified 5G package.
Now half a year has passed, according to industry forecasts, the 5G package users of the three major operators have reached about 90 million.At the time of the “618 Shopping Festival”, the three major operators also launched discounts to attract users.
The reporter found on the official mobile app of Beijing Mobile that discount coupons are available for 5G all-inclusive packages. The lowest monthly fee is originally set at 128 yuan/month. After using the discount coupon, the price is only 88/month, which is equivalent to 6.9% off.Packages of other stalls are also promoted at around 30% off.
However, the commitment period of the activity is 12 months. If the plan for canceling the telephone transmission fee during the activity period needs to be handled in the business hall, a penalty will be paid at the same time.
China Unicom launched discount contracts from June 15 to June 30.You can enjoy a 30% discount on the 5G set of Changshuang Ice Cream if you pre-store your credit.The original price of the lowest package is 129 yuan/month, and the discounted price is 90 yuan/month.Pre-stored 618 yuan, the monthly fee discount is valid for 12 months; pre-stored 1618 yuan, the monthly fee discount is valid for 24 months.After the end of the validity period, the original price will be restored.
At the same time, Beijing Telecom also launched the “Mid-year Hi Purchase Season” activity during the “618” period (from June 18 to June 30). According to reports, Telecom launched a “300Mbps perfect reunion” of 99 yuan/month andThe “500Mbps perfection and perfect reunion” fusion package of 159 yuan/month.
Beijing Telecom’s customer service told reporters that the original price of the 129 yuan 5G entry package is now 103 yuan, including 30GB of data and 500 minutes of calls.The preferential contract needs to be bound for two years.
However, independent telecommunications analyst Fu Liang believes that overall, the current 5G package thresholds of the three major telecommunications operators are still relatively high, and the implementation of the initial policy of 5G package launch, the monthly minimum fee is close to 90 yuan, and now China’s mobile phoneThe average monthly cost of users is more than forty yuan, and the 5G minimum package is still equivalent to twice the average monthly cost.
5G tariffs may continue to decline during the year
It has been more than one year since the issuance of 5G licenses on June 6, 2019. During the period, various policies were introduced to accelerate the construction of 5G networks, but construction will still take time.
Recently, Zhang Yunyong, general manager of China Unicom’s product center, said that it will take about 5 to 8 years from the coverage of a comprehensive 5G network.Zhang Yunyong said that there are currently more than 5 million base stations in 4G networks. If 5G is to achieve the equivalent network coverage of 4G, 10 million units will be needed, at least 2 trillion yuan.
“Last year, operators built hundreds of thousands of 5G base stations, and this year a total of another 1 million 5G base stations will be built. At this speed, 5G wants to meet the basic coverage needs-that is, in-depth coverage in major cities, and coverage of key scenarios in prefectures and cities.It takes about 5-8 years for enterprises to seamlessly access.” Zhang Yunyong said.
Due to gaps in coverage, operators have launched 5G packages, but 4G network traffic is still mainstream.
Earlier, with regard to 5G tariffs, Academician Wu Hequan stated that tariffs will not fall in the near future because operators are still in a period of large amounts of capital investment. In fact, in terms of unit traffic tariffs, 5G is actually cheaper than 4G, only because of the large traffic, Leading to high total tariffs.According to historical experience, after the number of network users goes up, the traffic tariff will gradually decrease.
A few days ago, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology released “The Economic Operation of the Communications Industry from January to May 2020”. In terms of the development of telecommunications users, the number of mobile phone users has increased slightly, and the proportion of 4G users has increased.As of the end of May, the total number of mobile phone users of the three basic telecommunications companies reached 1.592 billion, an increase of 0.2% year-on-year.Among them, the number of 4G users was 1.279 billion, accounting for 80.3% of the total number of mobile phone users.
According to data from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, there are currently over 36 million 5G users in China.The data shows that the 5G package users of the three major domestic operators are currently around 90 million, approaching the 100 million mark.There is still a certain gap between this data and the “upscale”.
In the 4G era, 4G took three years from the test of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology to the issuance of licenses, and four years to large-scale commercial use.With the issuance of FDD licenses and the improvement of 4G network coverage, the unit price of 4G tariffs has ushered in a further substantial reduction.
It has been nearly 7 years since the 4G license was issued. During the implementation of the policy of “speeding up and reducing fees”, the average price of 4G packages has dropped by about 47 yuan.At that time, the reduction of 4G tariffs undoubtedly brought more and more 4G users.
By the time the 5G era is coming, the construction of 5G base stations is accelerating, adding 10,000 5G base stations every week. It is expected that by the end of this year, my country will build more than 600,000 5G base stations, covering cities above the prefecture level in the country, and the 5G signal is also getting stronger.
Coupled with the promotion of 5G mobile phones, the starting price dropped below 1600 yuan, and the low price brought more users. Operators will undoubtedly bundle with the first manufacturer and launch a package that meets the consumption power of the corresponding target user.Industry insiders predict that 5G packages will continue to cut prices during the year.
“As the price of 5G mobile phones falls and the coverage of 5G networks continues to expand, operators should further introduce lower-level 5G entry packages to promote more users to upgrade from 4G to 5G. Now is the time to lower the 5G package threshold.”Fu Liang said.