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Exhibition and innovation Harbor a platform for global excellence

The world’s first 5G application exhibition and innovation center was launched at the North Bund waterfront in Hongkou District this month, making Hongkou a pioneer in the city for the coverage of 5G connectivity and broadband gigabit network.

The 5G International Innovation Harbor, in a four-story building along the Huangpu River in Hongkou, has an exhibition hall displaying the most updated applications based on 5G, the next generation of mobile communication technology, along with innovation platforms for global enterprises to join the development.

The 5,558-square-meter building on Yangshupu Road, birthplace of many of China’s earliest industries, has nine sections on the ground floor to display 5G network construction, its industry chain, applications and scenarios as well as an experience section with equipment displays, a cinema and a museum.

Leading Chinese technology companies, including Huawei, ZiFiSense and Lora, display their technologies, facilities, products and scenarios based on 5G on the second floor. It serves as a joint innovation center for the new-generation information technology. Creative experiments will be conducted on comprehensive 5G applications and scenarios. The companies will carry out research and development, exhibit and examine the top technologies, facilities and scenarios. Regular events will be arranged for companies based in the center, such as project roadshows, product integrity, attracting investment, information publicity and cooperation.

A futuristic outlook at 6G technology, or 5G plus low earth orbit mobile-satellite communications, is showcased on the third floor. The joint innovation center on 5G plus VSAT, or Very Small Aperture Terminal, is targeted at being a highland of China on low earth orbit mobile satellite communications.

Shanghai VSAT Technology Co, a leading satellite R&D and manufacturing company, has cooperated with the Shanghai Engineering Center for Microsatellites of Chinese Academy of Sciences to conduct innovative research and testing in the field of 5G and satellite communication technology. They will jointly build a satellite assembly and test space, an engineering lab and application research center. They will focus on the development, testing, maintenance, data collection and visual development of software systems such as star management platform, multi-star test platform, satellite data application platform and space-time information system.

The top floor exhibits the surrounding 5G applications at the North Bund area. The Beiwaitan Subdistrict has applied 5G in government affairs, traffic and public security. The urban planning display area uses digital media to display the new situation of Hongkou’s high-quality economic and social development in recent years and details urban management in the district.

Shanghai has become one of the leading Chinese cities for 5G development after major carriers China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom debuted their 5G networks in Shanghai in June, said Zhang Jianming, deputy director of the Shanghai Commission of Economy and Informatization.

The city had more than 8,800 large 5G outdoor base stations and nearly 6,000 indoor small stations to cover 598 buildings citywide by the end of August, Zhang said, with 5G technology mainly used for manufacturing, medicine and urban management.

It is estimated the industry scale of 5G manufacturing, software and information services will reach 100 billion yuan (US$14 billion) by 2021.

As the first district to complete 5G coverage, Hongkou had installed 610 base stations by the end of August. The North Bund area has been covered with super fast mobile Internet 5G network.

Test data showed the 5G network was able to provide a peak single-user download speed of 1.6 Gbps, nearly 16 times faster than 4G. Aside from speed, the low latency of 5G network is especially helpful for applications of the Internet of Things.

At the launch ceremony of the 5G trial network in Hongkou on March 30, Vice Mayor of Shanghai Wu Qing made the network’s first 5G video call on a Huawei Mate X, the first phone with 5G capabilities.

As a key site for Hongkou’s development, the North Bund area along the Huangpu River is home to over 4,500 shipping companies and 1,200 financial companies and institutions. Over 3 million square meters of office buildings have been built along the riverside to offer a first-class environment and services to global companies and professionals.


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