China Mobile Shanghai and Huawei have announced the launch of the first 5G digital indoor system at a railway station.
The deployment at Shanghai's Hongqiao station aims to provide deep indoor 5G coverage to the whole station by the end of the year.
Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station is one of Asia's biggest traffic hubs, handling over 60 million passengers per year. Its large size and heavy traffic flows make it an ideal testbed for 5G indoor systems.
The deployment will support the Shanghai government's ambitions of leading adoption of 5G in China, according to Zhang Jianming, vice chairman of Shanghai’s Municipal Commission of Economy and Information Technology.
“Shanghai is committed to building a Dual-Gigaband City. We are now planning field tests and pre-commercial trials of the technology. Ultimately, we will deploy 5G base stations across the whole city, and lead 5G commercial use in China,” he said.
“With Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Huawei, we have set up platforms to bring together the industry, academia, and research institutes. Through more investment in new infrastructure including AI, industrial Internet, and IoT, we will revitalize this city and build a hi-tech, intelligent Shanghai."