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World's First Commercial Adoption of 300 MHz 5G LampSite Between China Unicom Beijing and Huawei Hails Start of Joint 2020 "5G Capital" Project

Mar 18, 2020

[Beijing, China, March 18, 2020] China Unicom Beijing and Huawei have jointly completed the world's first commercial adoption of the 5G LampSite 300 MHz digital indoor system at the Beijing Long Distance Call Building. The system supports network sharing between China Unicom Beijing and China Telecom Beijing and provides a downlink perceived rate of up to 3.4 Gbps over a single headend in multi-user scenarios.

This hails a new phase for both parties in providing users with faster services over stronger 5G networks and bringing industries fresh momentum of transformation in 2020. The commercial adoption marks an excellent start for the "5G Capital" innovation project between China Unicom Beijing and Huawei and also the first joint accomplishment of the 2020 "5G City" series city projects. It represents a new, significant breakthrough for China Unicom Beijing following its successful launch of the "5G NEXT" initiative in 2018.

 Field speed test

On March 13, 2020, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) of China indicated further plans in promoting the new applications of 5G in telemedicine, distance education, online office, and other industries, boosting the construction of major industrial communications projects, and accelerating the new infrastructure deployment for 5G, IoT, big data, AI, and smart city.

Beijing is one of the key cities for the first wave of 5G commercial adoption. China Unicom Beijing is committed in building leading 5G networks and providing premium services for users in the city. In 2018, it listed "100% transition to digital indoor systems" as an important strategy for constructing indoor networks and preparing for 5G.

China Unicom Beijing has been in close collaboration with Huawei in improving indoor 5G coverage capabilities, with a number of major cooperation projects also completed. These include the world's largest 4G digital indoor coverage network at the Beijing Capital International Airport, the world's first 5G digital indoor system at the Beijing Long Distance Call Building, and the world's largest 5G smart airport at the Daxing International Airport. Through these projects, the two parties have achieved many milestones in innovating indoor coverage networks.

In the first year of 5G commercial adoption, the two parties successfully brought high-quality 5G network services and industry applications to many important scenarios and locations. Examples include the 2019 International Horticultural Exhibition parks, Headquarters of China Media Group, Bird's Nest, National Convention Center, People's Hall, China International Exhibition Center, and National Museum.

5G is now ushering in a new phase in terms of providing full-network coverage. China Unicom Beijing and Huawei will continue to collaborate in implementing the "5G Capital" project. This move allows the two parties to jointly continue the verification and commercial applications of the latest 5G technologies and business models. It will further enable them to explore and develop superior 5G networks.

The deployment of Huawei's latest 5G LampSite 300 MHz ultra-bandwidth product at the Beijing Long Distance Call Building sets a new example for cooperation between the two parties. The field tests with Huawei's Mate 30 Pro 5G smartphones displayed a downlink perceived rate of up to 3.4 Gbps over a single headend in multi-user scenarios for both China Unicom and China Telecom users.

The 5G LampSite module allows for an ultra-bandwidth of 300 MHz between the 3.3 and 3.6 GHz spectrum of the C-band and 4T4R multi-antenna technology, enabling mobile network capacity to increase by three times. The product further supports network sharing among operators, offering additional support for accelerating 5G network construction in heavy-traffic scenarios.

 Beijing Long Distance Call Building

The General Manager of Network Development Department of China Unicom Beijing said: "We will continue to innovate in technologies and services to empower users with future-oriented and better quality lives. In February 2020, the 5G smart travel project we completed with Huawei and China Eastern Airlines won the Best Mobile Innovation for Work Award from GSMA GLOMO. I am happy to see the commercial adoption of the 5G LampSite ultra-wideband product at the Beijing Long Distance Call Building. This will provide us with a foundation for delivering better services of greater diversity, and this will be particularly useful in high-value scenarios with tremendous capacity demands. We will continue to construct high-quality networks for the Winter Olympics stadiums and other indoor scenarios, while further accelerating 5G construction to support the development of Smart Beijing through digital technologies."

Marvin Chen, President of Huawei's DIS Product Line, said: "Collaboration allows for stronger and faster mobile networks. The 5G LampSite ultra-bandwidth series product is developed on the next-generation platforms and incorporates a number of innovations in the chipset technology, algorithms, and system design. It boasts the industry's highest level of integration and supports ultra-bandwidth 4T4R networking. The successful commercial deployment for China Unicom Beijing signifies an excellent start for the scaled rollout of the series product. We are honored to continuously provide leading 5G solutions that deliver improved indoor coverage to operators and better 5G services to users."