China Unicom, GSMA and Qualcomm show off 5G millimeter wave at MWC Shanghai

On February 23, the 2021 World Mobile Communications Conference (MWC), the annual event of the global mobile communications industry, opened in Shanghai. At the meeting, the 5G millimeter wave exhibition area hosted by China Unicom and GSMA and supported by Qualcomm Technologies was unveiled, fully demonstrating to the audience the ultimate performance and rich applications of 5G millimeter wave empowering various industries. In the morning of the same day, Mai Yanzhou, deputy general manager of China Unicom, Wang Jianzhou, senior consultant of GSMA, and Meng Pu, chairman of Qualcomm China, attended the opening ceremony of the 5G millimeter wave exhibition area.

Group photos of guests at the opening ceremony of the 5G millimeter wave exhibition area (from left to right: Wang Jianzhou, senior consultant of GSMA , Yanzhou Mai, deputy general manager of China Unicom, and Meng Pu, chairman of Qualcomm China)

Mai Yanzhou, deputy general manager of China Unicom, said in his speech: “Millimeter wave is an important part of 5G, and 5G is an important part of national development. As the sole operator partner of the Winter Olympics, China Unicom is committed to launching the Winter Olympics. Scenario millimeter wave pilot trials have accelerated the development of the industry chain. This time, we have joined hands with ecological partners such as GSMA and Qualcomm to create a 5G millimeter wave exhibition area, which strongly demonstrates the phased results of the development of the 5G millimeter wave industry chain. Wave deployment has laid an important foundation.”

GSMA senior consultant Wang Jianzhou said: “The millimeter wave band has a large number of continuously available spectrum resources. The use of millimeter waves in 5G networks can better meet the needs of ultra-large bandwidth and ultra-high-speed applications. Thanks to China Unicom and Qualcomm. With the joint efforts of many companies, the audience can get an immersive 5G millimeter wave service experience, see the panoramic 5G millimeter wave industry ecology, and better feel the bright future brought by 5G!”

Meng Pu, Chairman of Qualcomm China, said: “5G innovation is at the center of digital transformation, and millimeter wave is an indispensable enabling technology. This time, we will join hands with industry leaders such as China Unicom and GSMA to showcase the achievements and potential of 5G millimeter waves. It is the latest example of Qualcomm’s active investment in 5G millimeter wave technology research and development, commercial and ecological development for more than ten years. Qualcomm will continue to work with the ever-expanding 5G ecosystem, use millimeter wave and other leading technologies to fully release the potential of 5G, and continue to enrich 5G terminals and applications , Thereby accelerating 5G expansion and benefiting more consumers and industries.”

The promotion and application of 5G millimeter waves is another phased achievement in helping the industry unleash the potential of 5G in the year when 5G is accelerating its popularization. The 5G millimeter wave exhibition area unveiled this time is supported by China Unicom’s network and Qualcomm Technologies provides technical support. With the theme of “5G millimeter wave, making ice and snow sports more exciting”, it comprehensively showcases various technological breakthroughs such as 5G millimeter wave. The creation of ultra-large bandwidth wireless venues fully demonstrated China Unicom’s comprehensive service guarantee and rich application scenarios tailored for audiences, media broadcasters, event organizations and participants. The exhibition area is divided into six sections: sports experience, event presentation, speed transmission, beautiful memory, terminal display, and environment creation. It comprehensively showcases 5G millimeter wave applications and terminals supported by 39 industry-leading companies, and presents China’s 5G millimeter wave A new picture of ecological development.

Panorama of 5G millimeter wave exhibition area

Among them, the diversified application scenarios supported by 5G millimeter wave include: athletes’ competitive experience, 5G mixed reality smart ski resort, 8K video transmission, 5G full-view event service and free-view event live broadcast, 5G millimeter wave panoramic experience, etc. The millimeter wave-based 5G multi-view arena live broadcast solution directly views the outfield of Zhangjiakou International Cross-Country Ski Center, communicates with the base station through the wireless network of drones, head-mounted cameras, and professional photography cameras, and transmits back athletes at the National Cross-Country Ski Center in real time from multiple angles The dashing and heroic posture on the field enables multi-angle live broadcast of the field, providing actual spectators with a diverse viewing experience. With the empowerment of Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 5G modem and radio frequency system, the multi-vendor 5G millimeter wave terminal coverage modules, mobile phones, CPE, PC, AR (augmented reality) and XR (extended reality) equipment, live broadcast Rich categories such as backpacks and robots fully demonstrate the strong technical strength of 5G millimeter wave to meet the needs of high-performance applications.

5G millimeter wave aims to bring new experiences and applications beyond expectations to Chinese consumers and industry users, and create huge opportunities for innovation and transformation of the digital economy. GSMA predicts that the economic benefits of using 5G millimeter wave frequency bands in China will reach approximately US$104 billion before 2034. In recent years, leading companies such as China Unicom and Qualcomm have joined hands with the industry to conduct a large number of tests and verifications, and promote industry readiness with terminals first, laying a solid foundation for 5G millimeter wave technology and ecological maturity. The constant investment in the entire industry chain is precisely to accelerate the large-scale commercial deployment of 5G millimeter waves in China, to draw an exciting new picture of the 5G innovation economy, and to empower brand-new technological changes and industrial upgrades.

The deployment of 5G millimeter waves is essential to unleash the full potential of 5G and meet the rapidly growing demand for mobile data. 5G millimeter wave will allow leading operators such as China Unicom to make full use of the rich spectrum resources of high frequency bands to provide the world’s fastest multi-gigabit cellular rate and low-latency connections.

5G millimeter waves can also cost-effectively help mobile operators increase network capacity to meet the growing demands of densely populated urban areas, fixed wireless access, and corporate environments. A landmark research report by GSMA Intelligence shows that, taking densely populated urban areas as an example, compared to using only the Sub-6GHz frequency band, increasing millimeter wave deployment can save China’s mobile operators about 30% of the total cost of ownership.

The 5G millimeter wave technology that connects the smart and interconnected future is at hand, and the colorful 5G millimeter wave terminals and technologies are on display in the 5G millimeter wave exhibition area in Hall N4 of the Shanghai New International Expo Center, bringing industry partners and guests to the conference. A technological feast of 5G innovation.