（Hong Kong, 16th March 2018）China Mobile 5G Innovation Center Hong Kong Open Lab was officially opened today. Miss Eliza Lee Man-ching, Permanent Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development (Communications and Creative Industries) was invited as the Guest-of-Honour to officiate at the opening ceremony together with Dr. Li Feng, Chairman of China Mobile Hong Kong (CMHK).
CMHK also announced on the occasion the company’s award of the “Trial Permit for 5G Test” by the Office of Communications Authority (OFCA), as well as the commencement of lab tests with 5G commercial equipment at the assigned 5G trial spectrum in the second quarter. CMHK is committed to proactively exploring 5G mobile service applications for the promotion of 5G mobile network development in Hong Kong.
Aimed at leading the 5G development, China Mobile Communications Corporation (CMCC, “the Group”), the parent company of CMHK, had established a 5G Innovation Center 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 have been carried out in 2017, as well as the output of research reports on five innovative applications and demonstration of six innovative applications.
China Mobile Group has planned to set up twelve Open Labs for the 5G Innovation Center in China and abroad to promote the implementation and achievement of joint innovative projects. The twelve Open Labs are respectively located in Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Shandong, Guangdong, Chongqing, Sichuan, Hong Kong, Silicon Valley and Sweden. Seven Open Labs have been opened, while the Hong Kong Open Lab opened today is the eighth one. Leveraging on its geographical advantages, the Hong Kong Open Lab at MITA Centre in Kwai Chung will serve as a display window and promotion platform to showcase the Group’s achievements of the 5G Innovation Center, as well as providing a test network environment for trials of the innovative applications developed by local business partners.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Miss Eliza Lee Man-ching, Permanent Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development (Communications and Creative Industries), 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. Finally, I sincerely wish the China Mobile 5G Innovation Center every success with many innovative results.”
Dr. Li Feng, Chairman of CMHK, said: “We are extremely honoured that the grand opening of the "China Mobile 5G Innovation Center Hong Kong Open Lab" is being witnessed by the distinguished Permanent Secretary Miss Eliza Lee Man-ching and CMHK’s strategic partners. The Hong Kong Open Lab shoulders the responsibilities to demonstrate the 5G related achievements of the Group to international partners, and the support and promotion of IoT applications development and 5G technologies study for members of the 5G Innovation Center. These include provision of test network environment and technical support, promotion of joint innovation projects, and the set-up of pilot trial zones in smart shopping malls with our partners, allowing customers to experience the IoT innovative applications.”
Today, CMHK’s award of the Trial Permit for 5G Test marks a significant milestone in the development of CMHK’s 5G mobile network service in Hong Kong. Coinciding with OFCA’s announcement of the Spectrum Release Plan for 2018 to 2020, CMHK is proactively planning the 5G network deployment in line with the 5G technology roadmap. With the Trial Permit for 5G Test officially obtained today, CMHK will commence the lab test of 5G network commercial equipment together with our partners in the second quarter, in order to acquire 5G technologies and application experience earlier and enable us to build a solid foundation of the leading technology development.
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.
Dr. Vincent Lau, Chair Professor, Department of Electronics and Computer Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology believes that in the 5G era, Internet of Everything will be achieved to interconnect Things with Man and Things with Things! CMHK has established the Hong Kong Open Lab to collaborate with universities for the promotion of 5G technology research, allowing our students to learn more advanced knowledge as well as enhance their understanding of the interaction between AI and Mobile IoT. 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. All these are commendable and have set an excellent model for the industry.
Dr. K. F. Tsang, Associate Professor and Director of Wireless Sustainability Center, Department of Electronic Engineering, City University of Hong Kong, and Founding Director of Smart City Alliance cum Chairman of IoT Committee suggests that to cater for the global innovation and technology development, it is imperative to promote the development of smart cities. As the cradle for nurturing our next generation of the society, universities are hoping to enhance students' knowledge on the technologies supporting the smart city development, and inspiring innovations through collaboration with CMHK's Open Lab, and in partnership with CMHK to build Hong Kong as a world-class smart city.
"China Mobile 5G Innovation Center Hong Kong Open Lab" was officially opened today. Apart from introducing various projects and achievements of the 5G Innovation Center, a variety of 5G equipment, 5G and IoT applications are also on display. Immediately following the opening ceremony, Guest-of-Honour Miss Eliza Lee Man-ching, Permanent Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development (Communications and Creative Industries), CMHK senior executives, VIPs and partners visited the Open Lab on a guided tour for a better understanding of its set-up and services, which include IDC service, conference rooms, training rooms, exhibition areas and workshops, in addition to grasping more about China Mobile Group’s 5G achievements and CMHK's future 5G development roadmap.
Photos & Captions:
1) Guest-of-Honour Miss Eliza Lee Man-ching, Permanent Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development (Communications and Creative Industries) (2nd from left), Dr. Li Feng, Chairman of CMHK (2nd from right), Mr. Sean Lee, Director & Chief Executive Officer of CMHK (1st from left), and Dr. Max Ma, Director and Executive Vice President of CMHK (1st from right), jointly officiated at the Grand Opening of the China Mobile 5G Innovation Centre Hong Kong Open Lab today.
2) A group photo of the officiating guests and VIPs at Grand Opening of the China Mobile 5G Innovation Centre Hong Kong Lab. (From left) Mr. Sean Lee, Director & Chief Executive Officer of CMHK, Dr. Vincent Lau, Chair Professor, Department of Electronics and Computer Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Ms. Anges Wong, Director-General of Communications, OFCA, Miss Eliza Lee Man-ching, Permanent Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development (Communications and Creative Industries), Dr. Li Feng, Chairman of CMHK, Dr. K. F. Tsang, Associate Professor and Director of Wireless Sustainability Center, Department of Electronic Engineering, City University of Hong Kong, Dr. Max Ma, Director & Executive Vice President of CMHK and Mr. Ge Jianbao, Director & Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer of CMHK.
3) Guest-of-Honour Miss Eliza Lee Man-ching, Permanent Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development (Communications and Creative Industries) and Dr. Li Feng, Chairman of CMHK visit the Hong Kong Open Lab on a guided tour together with Ms. Anges Wong, Director-General of Communications, OFCA, and Mr. Sean Lee, Director and CEO of CMHK.
4) 5G Equipment installed at the Hong Kong Open Lab.
5) Model of CMHK 5G NB-IoT Smart Parking displayed at the Hong Kong Open Lab.
6) China Mobile 5G Innovation Center Hong Kong Open Lab in MITA Centre.