China Mobile, Huawei demo first 8K VR broadcast

China Mobile 5G Innovation Center  has partnered Huawei to unveil the first 5G network based 8K VR live broadcast.

According to Huawei, VR is destined to become a popular future application and is already growing increasingly recognized throughout the industry as one of the top 5G services.

181107-1Compared with technically mature 4K VR live broadcast (requiring 50–80 Mbps data rate), 8K VR services require a higher data rate (100–160 Mbps) and wider bandwidth. “The faster network speed and increased display resolution will allow users to benefit from a more detailed, true-to-life, and immersive experience,” said Huawei.

The 8K VR live broadcast was provided courtesy of a 5G network instituted by Zhejiang Mobile, which comprises Huawei developed 5G C-band sites and the core network. “Owing to the favorable uplink and downlink transmission conditions (bandwidth over 100 MHz) in the 5G network, the 8K VR 360° camera captured picturesque South Lake views and then uploaded the compiled videos for cloud rendering in real time,” said the handset maker.

“The scenery videos were then downloaded at an ultra-high 5G speed to VR headsets,” it added. “The breathtaking panorama of islands scattered throughout the lake, combined with red boats and gardens feature such vividly accurate colors and rich details that allow audiences to enjoy a fully immersive and mesmerizing sightseeing experience.” 

Nokia, China Mobile cement development collaboration with new €1b frame agreement

Nokia and China Mobile have signed a one-year frame agreement – valued at up to  €1billion – to underpin the mobile operator’s move to a future-oriented network infrastructure, while delivering seamless connectivity to meet growing data traffic demand.

Under the agreement, Nokia will provide China Mobile with best-in-class, end-to-end technology services to enable a next-generation network for the age of the cloud and machine communications. Nokia will provide additional elements of its mobile radio access and core portfolio in addition to fixed access, IP routing and optical transport, customer experience management, as well as its services expertise delivering the quality, speed and reliability needed.

Going forward, the companies will work closely to create the products and services that will enable the operator to explore new opportunities in vertical markets.

To that end, Nokia and China Mobile have signed a memorandum of understanding for research and testing of the artificial intelligence (AI) and machine-learning capabilities of next-generation networks for the delivery of intelligent network optimization and radio resource management.

Nokia noted that the frame agreement builds on a longstanding relationship between the firms in developing, testing and rolling out new technologies to enable seamless cloud connectivity and faster, more affordable internet access, meeting new demand while evolving networks for the future.

Nokia, China Mobile join forces in AI, 5G research push

Nokia and China Mobile have signed an MoU to assess how artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning can optimize future networks and facilitate the delivery of new Edge Cloud and 5G services.

The companies will jointly establish a laboratory in Hangzhou, China to develop the demo system to verify technology use cases using Nokia’s 5G Future X architecture, while China Mobile will lead the research in terms of scenario selection, requirements confirmation, open API standardization and solution definition.

rrrNokia president of Mobile Networks Marc Rouanne tippped the work Nokia is doing with China Mobile as a prime example of how the firm could help customers unlock the potential within their 5G networks using open interfaces and toolkits.

“The use of AI and machine learning will enable myriad new services opportunities and we are pleased to leverage the capabilities of our 5G Future X architecture to support China Mobile’s AI research to optimize future networks and the delivery of many innovative new services,” Rouanne said.

Nokia said as huge and rapidly changing connectivity and coverage demands are placed on 5G networks by billions of IoT devices and a wie range of consumer services, networks will need to predict and respond to changes in real-time.

“Under the new agreement, Nokia and China Mobile will work together to research the application of AI and machine learning to ensure any changes in demand are predicted and network resources are automatically allocated to meet all service demands with consistent high quality and reliability,” it said.

At the new laboratory in Hangzhou, the companies will foster an open radio access network and 5G ecosystem, working with third parties to use AI and machine learning and optimize networks for the delivery of services such as cloud virtual reality gaming.


Their research will use the Nokia AirScale Cloud RAN, AirFrame OpenRack, open edge server and ReefShark chipsets, as well as Nokia-developed AI middleware to access embedded intelligence. Nokia and China Mobile will also conduct technology field trials and demonstrations.

rrrtt copy“China Mobile has been paying attention to the application of artificial intelligence for a long time, and making effort to build an open and collaborative 5G+AI  ecosystem,” said Yuhong Huang, deputy GM of the China Mobile Research Institute.

“With the signing of this MoU, we are pleased to initiate the collaboration on the research of big data and machine learning technologies applying to 5G RAN network, and make a joint effort in the O-RAN alliance which was kicked off recently to enhance the intelligence of 5G network, reduce the complexity, and explore the new capabilities of network.”


China Mobile International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Mobile, has hosted an opening ceremony for its first Japan office, as part of a push to capitalize on a boost in Chinese tourism during the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.

The ceremony was attended by Mr. Song Yaoming, Minister for Economic and Commercial Affairs, Chinese Embassy in Japan, Mr. Takagi Seiji, Director, International Strategy Bureau, Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Mr. Jian Qin, Vice President, China Mobile Communications Group Co., Ltd., and Mr. Li Feng, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, China Mobile International Ltd.

“The 2020 Summer Olympics will be held in Tokyo, which will bring many business opportunities to Japan,” said Mr. Song Yaoming. “The numbers of tourists from around the world, especially China, will increase significantly. Telecommunications services will be one of the key developments in Japan’s infrastructure preparations. By establishing the CMI Japan office, we hope to facilitate not only new business for Chinese and Japanese companies, but convenience for the tourists with better rates and services in mobile roaming and other areas.”

Mr. Takagi Seiji added, “While government support is important, enterprises are principal in strengthening the telecommunications cooperation between the two countries. Japanese telecom companies are actively engaged in China and are working globally with Chinese enterprises. Chinese companies have also been active within Japan.”

CMI has established 41 points of presence across Asia, providing services such as transmission and communications, IPVPN and the Internet, and has taken part in the construction of the NCP, SJC and SJC2 submarine cable projects.

Going forward, China Mobile International said it will continue to participate in the construction of international communications facilities, and provide high-quality connectivity services for operators and enterprises.