The 5G era is approaching. 5G technology is the key to smart living and will bring forth innovation and development opportunities for relevant industries. This morning (28 May 2019), the summit “Embracing 5G for the Future” was held by the Hong Kong Chinese Importers' & Exporters' Association (the “HKCIEA”) and China Mobile Hong Kong at the Grand Ballroom of the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong. The summit attracted hundreds of attendees from the political, commercial and education fronts, and a live broadcast to a large number of secondary schools in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area was arranged. The benefits of the participants from the guest speakers’ marvellous speeches were fruitful.
Entitled “Embracing 5G for the Future”, the summit explored how 5G technology leads application and terminal innovation, transforms societal living and constructs smart cities. It provided an outlook on how Hong Kong may take advantage of this opportunity of 5G technology and becomes an innovation hub and smart city during this future technology revolution.
The summit invited Professor Lu Ting Jie, Executive Dean of the School of Economics and Management of Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications; Mr. Edward Deng, President of Huawei Wireless Solution; and Dr. Justin Chuang, Vice-President of ASTRI (Next Generation Network) to deliver a keynote speech. Mr. Leung Chun Ying, Vice-Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and Ms. Lu Xinning, Deputy Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region were invited as the ceremony’s officiating guests.
During Mr. Leung’s speech, he remarked that 5G technology is full of possibilities and is extensively applicable to everyday life, such as remote medical consultations and autonomous driving. However, the technology will inevitably render government regulations with the challenges arose. Therefore, the government should consider whether and how it should regulate the technology and issues relating to national security. Mr. Leung also praised that since its commencement in 2014, the latest developments have always took up the spotlight at the annual HKCIEA Summit and that this year's topic – 5G – addressed societal needs and prepared the city for comprehensive and long-term development.
The speeches conducted by the three guests’ were incisive: Professor Lu introduced the functionality of 5G technology and stated how it would change the society by supporting data economy and ecological restructuring; Mr. Deng shared how 5G technology could work with information technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), big data and cloud computing to push for upgrades and transformation in various sectors, create the network cornerstone for the future smart world and ultimately achieve full connectivity; Dr. Chuang remarked that during the technological revolution, how Hong Kong would, through 5G technology, develop itself into an innovation hub and smart city, such as establishing an industrial internet, smart-city network platform and intelligent mobile management platform for vehicle networks.
After the keynote speeches, the three guests together explored “5G opportunities for SMEs”. The organiser has arranged an interactive session where the audience could raise questions to Mr. Henry Ge, the summit host and Head of Strategic Engagement, Greater China, GSMA, who then selected questions on education, technological innovation and smart trading to consult the guests for their insights. With regards to how 5G technology will transform learning modes, Professor Lu indicated that technology could breakthrough time and space barriers to allow people to cultivate their learning interests through fragmentation time, learn through entertainment and increase study resources to enhance education standards. Dr. Chuang commented that technological enterprises should concentrate on developing 5G application technology, perform5G’s features, such as high-speed connection and big data, to widely integrate artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT) and Cloud computing into everyday life, thus developing Hong Kong into a world-class smart city. Mr. Deng noted that manufacturing would benefit most from 5G technology as automation could be most easily applied to repetitive production procedures, and 5G technology could achieve smart production through infinite connectivity, which enhanced positioning capability, reduced labour cost and increased production. He added that 5G technology is expected to reach US$2.2 trillion in economic benefits by 2034.
Mr. Lam Lung On, President of the HKCIEA, and Dr. Li Feng, Chairman of China Mobile Hong Kong, gave their speeches in the house programme respectively, where they pointed out “4G changes life while 5G changes society” and hoped that the summit would help everyone better understand the 5G industry, learn about opportunities brought by 5G technology and ultimately jointly build the 5G era.
Attendees included Mr Lam, President of the HKCIEA; Dr. Max Ma, Director and Executive Vice President of China Mobile Hong Kong; members of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong; Mr. Wong Ting Kwong, Honorary President of the HKCIEA; Mr. Chan King, Vice-President and Honorary Secretary of the HKCIEA; Mr. Michael Hui Wah Kit, Mr. Kennedy Wong Ying Ho, Mr. Kenneth Chan Kin Nin, Mr. Ng Hon Leung and Mr. Andy Kwok Lap Bong, Vice-Presidents of the HKCIEA; and Mr. Chong Shing Hum, Honorary President at the HKCIEA.
Mr. Leung Chun Ying, Vice-Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, was invited as an officiating guest and to deliver a speech.
Group photo of the launching ceremony of “HKCIEA Summit-Embracing 5G for the Future”.
Keynote speaker: Professor Lu Ting Jie, Executive Dean of the School of Economics and Management of Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, gave a speech on “How will 5G technologies shape the society through changing people’s life?”.
Keynote speaker: Mr. Edward Deng, President of Huawei Wireless Solution, discussed “5G Changes Eco-Systems in all Aspects”.
Keynote speaker: Dr. Justin Chuang, Vice-president of ASTRI (Next Generation Network) talked about “The innovation and technology development accelerates the economic growth in Hong Kong”.
Discussion Topic: “Business opportunities that 5G brings to SMEs”
Guests attended the “HKCIEA Summit-Embracing 5G for the Future”.