Recently, there have been rumors that operators are secretly reducing the speed of 4G networks in order to promote 5G. The claim was quickly denied by the three major carriers, who said 5G would be faster, with no notification that 4G would slow down. Subsequently, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology also responded that it has never before and will not require operators to reduce or limit users’ 4G speed, and requires operators to conduct self-examination.
However, there is news today that some operator insiders revealed to media reporters that the three major operators have indeed reduced the speed of 4G networks in order to promote the upcoming “unlimited speed” package, not to promote 5G .
The insider also said that the reason why the test data in Guangdong and other regions is the same as in the past is that the reduction of 4G network started from local areas, and then gradually rolled out across the country. At present, the first test field may be Shanghai. In addition, other insiders said that if you are using the data plan promoted by the operator, you may not feel the slowdown. Users who use other data plans will experience a noticeable drop in 4G network speed.
In fact, every time the mobile network communication is upgraded, there will be rumors of “dropping network speed”. When 3G was upgraded to 4G, such rumors also appeared. So is there any slowdown?
According to the plans of the three major operators, 5G network services will be officially commercialized in September. According to industry insiders, since the 5G trial packages of the three major operators are now ending at the end of September, the online transmission will be officially commercialized on September 1. Time is unreliable. The consensus in the industry is that a real 5G commercial package will be launched by the end of September.
On the eve of the operator’s launch of 5G tariff packages, many netizens said that the recent 4G network speed has dropped significantly. In a survey of 4,039 netizens, 85% of netizens felt a significant drop in Internet speed recently; 90% of netizens felt that the download and loading time increased significantly. Some people say that this is the operator deliberately reducing the speed of 4G network and launching 5G tariff plans. In response to such a statement, the three major operators disagree.
As the public opinion fermented, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology also stood up and said that the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said that it has never before and will not require operators to reduce or limit users’ 4G speed, and requires operators to conduct self-examination.
Wen Ku, director of the Communications Department of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, said that the coordinated development of 4G and 5G will be promoted. At present, the construction of 5G network has just started, and it will take several years to build a 5G network covering the whole country. As an important component of mobile communication network, 4G will coexist with 5G network for a long time. There is no need to dismantle 4G or limit 4G speed after 5G is built .
The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology also stated that the 4G network experience rate is affected by various factors. From a technical point of view, the 4G network term shared network, all users accessing the same base station share the bandwidth resources of the base station, and the user rate will fluctuate within an interval.
From the perspective of the number of users, with the accelerated migration of 2G/3G users to 4G, as of July 2019, the number of 4G users in my country reached 1.24 billion, accounting for 78.3% of mobile phones, especially in concerts, railway stations and other user-intensive areas , there may be a situation where too many users cause a temporary drop in the experience rate.
Although the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has come forward to explain the reasons for the decline of 4G network speed, there are still netizens who do not buy it. Many netizens said that even in places where the crowds are not dense, they still feel the drop of 4G network speed. For this reason, the media interviewed several operators again, and most of them did not admit the rumors that the 4G network speed had dropped. However, there are also operator insiders who did not want to be named, saying that the three major operators have reduced the speed of 4G networks “for real.”
The insider said the 4G network was indeed slowed down in order to promote the upcoming “unlimited speed” package, not to promote 5G.
It is understood that the three major operators are gradually suspending the sale of “limited and limited” tariff packages, that is, “unlimited” packages, which are expected to be completely suspended before September. The new package billing method will be more standardized, and the traffic beyond the package part will be billed in a similar step-by-step manner. For example, the foreign fees for packages of 129 yuan and below are 0.03 yuan/MB, 5 yuan/GB, and the foreign fees for 199 yuan and above packages are 0.03 yuan/MB and 3 yuan/GB. If the user’s monthly consumption of data outside the package exceeds 600 yuan, the Internet service for the month will be suspended, and the service will be automatically activated next month.