Enhancing customer experiences with technology and supporting Hong Kong’s development into an international innovation and technology hub
HONG KONG, March 28, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — China Mobile Hong Kong (CMHK) and Sino Group jointly present Hong Kong’s first in-mall 5G Experience Showcase, ‘The Future is Now’, at Olympian City 2. Today, Mr Kenneth Lau, Chairman of the Communication Association of Hong Kong; Dr Li Feng, Chairman of CMHK; Mr David Ng, Group General Manager of Sino Group; Dr Max Ma, Director & Executive Vice President of CMHK; Mr Sunny Yeung, Executive Director of Sino Group, celebrated the launch of ‘The Future is Now’ 5G Experience Showcase together with other illustrious guests.
(From right to left) Mr Sunny Yeung, Executive Director of Sino Group; Mr David Ng, Group General Manager of Sino Group; Mr Kenneth Lau, Chairman of the Communication Association of Hong Kong; Dr Li Feng, Chairman of China Mobile Hong Kong and Dr Max Ma, Director & Executive Vice President of China Mobile Hong Kong officiated the launch of ‘The Future is Now’ 5G Experience Showcase.
The showcase will be held for four days, from 28 to 31 March 2019. It comprises six experience zones to introduce and demonstrate the 5G technology. Through exhibiting interactive devices — including the Invincible Janken Machine, Smart Glasses and an autonomous vehicle, etc. — the showcase will enable visitors to understand more about 5G technology, its benefits and the integral role it will play in the future. The general public can connect to the 5G public WiFi with smart devices from 1 to 7 April 2019.
Dr Li Feng, Chairman of China Mobile Hong Kong (CMHK), said, ‘We are very pleased to work with Sino Group in developing the first 5G showcase, “The Future is Now”. As one of the city’s leading mobile network operators, CMHK is imperative to proactively advancing the development of Hong Kong’s 5G mobile communication network. Out of Hong Kong’s many mobile carriers, CMHK is the first network provider to receive the 5G trial permit, and has succeeded in engineering Hong Kong’s first end-to-end 5G network testing as well as the first Commercial Equipment Field-Testing of 28GHz 5G base stations. In the future, CMHK will continue to adhere to the concept of ‘4G changes lives, 5G changes society’ by presenting “5G+ Project” in three agendas: firstly, to complement the existing 4G network with 5G infrastructure; to promote 5G with new networking technology; and develop more comprehensive 5G ecosystems to maximise the value of 5G.’
‘CMHK will work closely with Sino Group to accelerate Smart City Development in Hong Kong in the future,’ added Dr Lee.
Commenting on the importance of technological innovation and 5G, Mr Daryl Ng, Deputy Chairman of Sino Group, says, ‘Technological innovation and 5G are our future, and Sino Group is committed to supporting innovation and technology to build a better future. Over the past five years, we have been promoting innovation and technology through different platforms serving different sectors, building a holistic innovation eco-system as Hong Kong grows into an international technology and innovation hub. For instance, primary four to six students can learn coding and robot design through Go Code and Robot Maker, primary and secondary schools can get exposure to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics at OC STEM Lab, university students or graduates can try out their ideas through entrepreneurship initiatives in collaboration with HKU and HKUST while start-ups and technology companies can test out their inventions at the sandbox platform of Sino Inno Lab or building business at the X-Lab. We are excited about the wide applications and possibilities 5G can bring to the Group and Hong Kong. With the development of the Greater Bay Area, it is even more crucial in developing a diversified economy, promoting social development and Hong Kong’s success.’
Mr David Ng, Group General Manager of Sino Group, adds, ‘Sino Group is committed to harnessing technology to enhance customers’ experience and adding value to our stakeholders. We are honoured to forge the strategic partnership with China Mobile Hong Kong. The deployment of 5G technology and associated applications will bring tremendous value to our customers. The 5G Experience Showcase is a concrete step forward, with more to come, such as Smart Home, Smart Shopping Mall and Smart Property Management as well as the 5G-ready infrastructure at Grand Central and Olympian City, making them among the first in Hong Kong. There are plans to extend the 5G infrastructure to other properties, such as tmtplaza, China Hong Kong City as well as new projects.’
* For more information about the six zones, please refer to the appendix.
About China Mobile Hong Kong Company Limited
China Mobile Hong Kong Company Limited (“CMHK”) is the wholly-owned subsidiary of China Mobile Limited (HKEx: 941) (NYSE: CHL), which ranks 47th on the Fortune Global 500. CMHK was incepted in January 1997 and was the first mobile network operator to launch PCS services in Hong Kong.
CMHK’s 4G LTE service covers two major standards LTE FDD and TD-LTE, and launched the world’s first converged commercial LTE network in 2012 and in November 2016, CMHK has successfully launched 4.5G mobile network. The Company offers innovative and comprehensive communications services, including voice, data, IDD and international roaming through 4G LTE, 3GHSPA, GPRS, EDGE and other technologies. In November 2016, CMHK were the first operator in the world to successfully test and demonstrate ‘2.3GHz TDD Massive MIMO solution’ in live network. In February 2017, CMHK became the first mobile operator to implement cloud core network. In September 2017, CMHK led the industry by announcing the first commercial NB-IoT launch in HK.
From May 2014 onwards, CMHK became the first service provider in Hong Kong to provide 4G data roaming service in Mainland China, creating a new era for cross-border mobile services. From May 2016 onwards, CMHK has launched “Supreme Greater China” Service Plan, “Supreme Global”, “Supreme Asia” and “Bay Area” service plan to empower customers with the advantages of cross-border communications between Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau. In April 2018, first flagship store opened in Mongkok to showcase smart living experiences.
The Company has been named as a “Caring Company” for 15 years consecutively since 2002, and a recognized merchant under the “Quality Tourism Service” scheme since 2004 till now.
For more information, please visit: www.hk.chinamobile.com
*According to the “Test Report on Mobile Networks in Hong Kong Tunnels Available for Customer Use” (as of 26th May, 2016).
#The 4G data roaming service coverage is measured against a designated list of destinations, please visit the China mobile Hong Kong website for details. The data was retrieved as of September 1st, 2017.
About Sino Group
Sino Group is one of the leading property developers in Hong Kong with core business in developing residential, office, industrial and retail properties for sale and investment. The Group is also a major player in hotel investment and management, club management, property management, car park operations as well as environmental and security services.
We employ more than 10,000 committed staff members, who share the mission of creating better lifescapes by delivering quality products and services while upholding integrity and advocating sustainability.
Dedicated to promoting arts and culture to enrich lifescapes, Sino Group initiated ‘Sino Art’ in 2006 as one of the four key pillars of the Group’s corporate social responsibility efforts, alongside Sino Care, Sino Green and Sino Heritage. Sino Art seeks to make arts and culture accessible to all. In addition to supporting arts and design events, we curate events and partner with cultural organisations to promote arts, and provide local and international artists with a platform to showcase their works at the Group’s properties. We extend our reach and bring arts to the community through the launch of ‘Sino Art in Community’ in 2013.
Six Experience Zones
Zone One: Invincible Janken Machine
Invincible Janken Machine evaluates its opponent’s gesture through a sensory system by using 5G leased lines which make it ‘Invincible’
Zone Two: The Journey to 5G
Zone Two displays an autonomous vehicle jointly developed by CMHK and ASTRI to show how 5G technology can create a more advanced society
Zone Three : 4G vs 5G Data Speeds Battle
The 5G download speed can be 10-20 times faster than 4G. The audience can experience how much faster 5G is than 4G in this area.
Zone Four: OC STEM One Step Ahead
Zone Four displays two pairs of smart glasses. Participants can put on the smart glasses and experience a distant tutorial to solve a puzzle. When 5G technology becomes more mature, telemedicine will become a common facet of life.
Zone Five: OneNET Start-up Exhibition
CMHK hosted the first “China Mobile OneNET Start-ups Marathon Competition” in 2018, using the “Smart City Blueprint” as the main theme, to nurture local talents and contribute to the vision of Hong Kong Smart City by leveraging IoT technology. This area displays the work of elite teams across the world to the public for a better understanding of 5G technology.
Zone Six: The achievements of CMHK 5G Innovation Center and Sino Group implementation of various technological solutions.
CMHK and Sino Group are proactively supporting Hong Kong’s transformation into a “smart city” by developing pre-5G infrastructure across Sino Group’s residential and commercial properties, using CMHK’s Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) technology as a solution to improving quality of life.
Sino Group also plans to install 5G infrastructure in its other properties.
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