China readies for 5G hotel

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Stakeholders involved in the 5G smart hotel venture at the signing ceremony.
Stakeholders involved in the 5G smart hotel venture at the signing ceremony.

As development and commercialisation of 5G network technology and products ramp up in 2019, Huawei and its partners have agreed to create the "world's first 5G smart hotel".

This week, at the 16th annual Huawei Global Analyst Summit in Shenzhen, China, Huawei signed a cooperation agreement with the InterContinental Shenzhen and Shenzhen Telecom to introduce end-to-end commercial application of 5G equipment.

In terms of the partnership, Shenzhen Telecom will deploy Huawei's fifth-generation network equipment at the InterContinental hotel to achieve indoor and outdoor 5G coverage.

This, according to Huawei, means guests will experience 5G hotel applications through 5G smartphones and customer-premises equipment, terminals, welcome robots, cloud computing terminals, cloud games and cloud virtual reality (VR) rowing machines.

The hotel has already enabled some of the 5G functions by creating an experience zone in the lobby. For example, robots running on 5G provide guest information, destination guidance and goods delivery. In the presidential suites, guests have 5G hotel services such as cloud VR rowing machines, cloud games and 4K movies.

Golden Sun, GM of Shenzhen OCT Hotel Development, which owns InterContinental, said: "Guests expect new things and new experiences. The joint venture with Shenzhen Telecom and Huawei has brought more possibilities to the hotel. Riding on the advanced technology, we can imagine our future and fly with it freely.

"We are excited to see the 5G experience zone in InterContinental Shenzhen as this is the first step for our three parties to build 5G hotels. On the other hand, we also hope to realise the comprehensive transformation of smart hotels and digital hotels by introducing 5G technology."

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Dr Peter Zhou, CMP of Huawei's wireless solutions, said 5G is here.

"In this cooperation, together with Shenzhen Telecom, we provided a 5G Digital Indoor System and a 5G Cloud X application that adapts to the hotel scenario.

"We sincerely invite industry partners to join the 5G production circle and develop a prosperous 5G ecosystem together."

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