Chinese telecom giant – China Unicom became the first player to introduce high-speed 5G internet to the capital city. China Unicom’s Beijing subsidiary launched a “5G Next” plan today, to embrace faster next-generation wireless networks.
The subsidiary will build 300 5G base stations this year in Beijing, one of the 16 pilot cities previously announced. Other cities to pilot 5G technology include Tianjin, Qingdao, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Wuhan, Guiyang, Chengdu, Shenzhen, Fuzhou, Zhengzhou, and Shenyang.
Though Unicom’s ability to host the superior mobile technology is now up and running, users won’t actually be able to take advantage of the system until they have 5G mobile phones, scheduled to hit shelves in the first half of next year. Once released, however, users will be able to download 4K movies in just over two minutes and stream videos with no buffering, a trend which will almost certainly boost the already steep increase of phone usage in China.
Several test bases have already been prepared in Beijing and will begin operations towards the end of this year, establishing a pilot network to trial the city’s capability. The release of 5G coincides with a number of key upcoming events in the capital, including the opening of the city’s new airport, the 2019 Beijing World Garden Expo, the International Horticultural Exhibition 2019 and the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, all of which stand to benefit significantly from the new technology. China Unicom also stated that users will be able to view the action courtesy of 360-degree panorama cameras via the new 5G network adding to the first ever 360-degree live broadcast of sports.
China Unicom’s strategic 5G partner is Huawei. Huawei and China Unicom also published a whitepaper on the 5G-oriented digital evolution of indoor coverage. The white paper analyzes opportunities and challenges facing indoor network deployment in the 5G era, and explores how to scientifically build indoor 4G networks and ensure they can efficiently evolve toward 5G in the future. It also outlines drivers and sets out targets and key technical elements for indoor 5G network evolution. Together, Huawei and China Unicom aim to drive the maturity of the indoor 5G network coverage industry.
A decade ago, network evolution from 2G to 3G brought dramatic changes to the mobile Internet. The next decade will witness 4G evolution to 5G. 5G technologies will usher in a fully-connected, intelligent world, in which there will be a faster and more extensive industrial revolution. China Unicom and Huawei will continue to deepen their cooperation in the 5G domain, focusing on 5G networking and business ecosystem construction to drive 5G development and the prosperity of 5G ecosystems and create a better-connected 5G world.
China Mobile also successfully completed the 5G trails in Hong Kong. The lab test results produced by China Mobile Hong Kong are different from those announced by other telecom operators. China Mobile Hong Kong has successfully implemented 5G networks in a static environment using 28GHz millimetre-wave spectrum, along with 800MHz bandwidth and 4×4 MIMO multiple-input multiple-output technology. The highest data transmission speed achieved is 14 Gbps, which is much higher than the previous 2 x 2 MIMO technology test results (8 Gbps) released by other mobile carriers. In addition, when using the 3.5 GHz spectrum (100 MHz bandwidth), the highest data transmission speed tested in an indoor environment can reach up to 700 Mbps.