Huawei and China Unicom show progress of Beijing Capital 5G project
5G Capital wants to make Beijing a “gigabit city”
Chinese vendor Huawei and China Unicom Beijing and Huawei showed the progress of the “5G Capital” project, through which the partners aim to transform Beijing into a gigabit city capable of supporting emerging 5G use cases.
The partners said building 5G networks to Beijing’s high standards is one of the main goals of the China Unicom Beijing and Huawei “5G Capital” project.
China Unicom Beijing and Huawei recently held a “snow experience tour” that showcases nearly 20 use cases along the expressway, national alpine ski centers in Beijing’s Yanqing District and the village of Fuyukou on the outskirts of Beijing. The demonstration showcased the uplink and downlink capabilities of 5G gigabit networks in indoor and outdoor areas.
Yang Lifan, Deputy General Manager of China Unicom Beijing, said, “We have built outstanding 5G networks for commercial deployment in Beijing. With smart operations based on user-centric network evaluation criteria released in May 2020, we focused on new deployments, optimizations and maintenances to build 5G gigabit networks that ensure a gigabit experience for a variety of use case.
Ritchie Peng, President of Huawei’s 5G Product Line, added, “Since the project’s launch in April last year, we have worked with China Unicom Beijing on the piloting and commercial deployment of 10 solutions, including MetaAAU , indoor ubiquitous gigabit and super uplink. Together, we have set a global benchmark for 5G. We are very happy to see that China Unicom Beijing’s networks have been used in several experience tours this year, demonstrating strong 5G capabilities in busy playgrounds, highways, mountains and rural areas.
Continuous 5G coverage enabled China Unicom Beijing to provide 10 new 5G services to users traveling at 100 km/h on a highway with tunnels. These services provide 5G super-fast uploading and downloading, 5G live broadcast focus tracking, 5G sports game viewing, 5G cloud gaming, 5G real-time conferencing, voice calling on sports watches, health monitoring and 5G in-vehicle network applications.
At the National Alpine Skiing Center in Yanqing District, China Unicom Beijing offers players and spectators a range of smart services, including smart protection against COVID-19, real-time weather monitoring, broadcast backpacks 5G, push-to-talk over cellular (PoC) handhelds, hardware management and 5G first aid to maximize 5G uplink and downlink gigabit capabilities, the partners said.
By the end of September, Chinese mobile operators had deployed a total of 45,700 5G base stations in the Chinese capital, Beijing. According to data released by the Beijing Communications Administration, the city has more than 12 million 5G users.
The report also said that every 10,000 people in Beijing benefit from nearly 20 5G base stations, ranking first in China.
The 5G network has covered major city centers in the capital, the city’s central business district, as well as the Olympic Sports Center area, according to the report. At present, the construction of 5G base stations has been completed at venues for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing’s northwest Yanqing District and 90% of venues in downtown Beijing. In addition, all 5G base stations along the Beijing-Chongli expressway and the Beijing-Zhangjiakou high-speed railway have already been built.