5G Innovation Centre opens in Hong Kong
China Mobile Hong Kong (CMHK) officially opened the China Mobile 5G Innovation Center Hong Kong Open Lab on March 16.
A 5G Innovation Center was launched by the parent company China Mobile Communications Corporation (CMCC, “the Group”) in February 2016 to strengthen collaboration with the telecom and vertical industry partners to jointly achieve three major goals: (1) Promote the maturity of 5G communication capabilities, (2) Incubate converged innovation applications and products, and (3) Build a win-win cross-industry ecosystem.
Currently, the 5G Innovation Center has a total of 112 partners, including 57 vertical industry partners, to focus on six major areas of study, including Communication Capabilities, Internet of Things, Internet of Vehicles, Industrial Internet, Cloud Robot, and AR/VR. In addition, 17 joint innovation projects were carried out in 2017, as well as research reports on five innovative applications released and six innovative applications presented.
China Mobile Group has planned to set up twelve Open Labs for the 5G Innovation Centres in China and abroad to promote the implementation and achievement of joint innovative projects. The twelve Open Labs would be in Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Shandong, Guangdong, Chongqing, Sichuan, Hong Kong, Silicon Valley and Sweden. Seven Open Labs have been opened so far, with the Hong Kong Open Lab just opened being the eighth.
Leveraging on its geographical advantages, the Hong Kong Open Lab at MITA Centre in Kwai Chung is a promotional platform to showcase the Group’s achievements at the 5G Innovation Centre, as well as providing a test network environment for trials of the innovative applications developed by local business partners.
Miss Eliza Lee Man-ching, Permanent Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development (Communications and Creative Industries) and guest of honour officiating at the opening ceremony said: “I welcome the establishment of the China Mobile 5G Innovation Center Open Lab in Hong Kong. 5G is a major trend in the global mobile communication development. With the Government acting as the “facilitator”, coupled with the concerted efforts of the industry, Hong Kong is now well poised for the commercial promotions and applications of 5G services in 2020. I hope that China Mobile Group will continue its vigorous development of 5G technologies and IoT application technologies for Hong Kong people with more and better services and products.”
In line with China Mobile Group’s rollout of 5G commercialization in 2020, CMHK will fully support OFCA on its 5G spectrum release, and the promotion of Hong Kong’s 5G mobile communication services and smart city development. In addition, the company will also collaborate with several local universities to launch 5G joint innovation on-campus activities, encompassing 5G technical research, class for 5G innovation, and IoT Application Innovations Competition, among others.
“CMHK has established the Hong Kong Open Lab to collaborate with universities for the promotion of 5G technology research, allowing students to learn more advanced knowledge as well as enhance their understanding of the interaction between AI and Mobile IoT” added Dr. Vincent Lau, Chair Professor, Department of Electronics and Computer Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. “Students can also participate in the development of the latest technologies and applications and have chances to cooperate with the business community in shaping a smart society and lifestyle for our future.”
The Open Lab in Hong Kong includes IDC service, conference rooms, training rooms, exhibition areas and workshops.
Source: China Mobile Hong Kong Company Limited