Telecommunications firms China Telecom and China Mobile have agreed partnerships with the 2022 Asian Games, pledging to introduce the latest 5G technology for Hangzhou’s staging of the multi-sport event.

The capital of China’s eastern province of Zhejiang will host the Asian Games four years after PyeongChang in South Korea debuted 5G at a major multi-sport event for the 2018 Winter Olympics.

China Telecom and China Mobile have signed on as official communication service partners of Hangzhou 2022 and are pledging to drive forward how 5G can be used at a major sporting event and deliver a “smart” Asian Games.

Chen Hua, deputy general manager of Zhejiang Telecom, a subsidiary of China Telecom, said: “The Hangzhou Asian Games will be held at the key time point of the international communication service move from 4G to 5G. We have the responsibility and obligation to present a high-tech intelligent sports event for Asia and the world together with the Hangzhou Asian Games.”

At a press conference to unveil the partnership, China Telecom and China Mobile spelled out the possibilities for 5G at the 2022 Asian Games including AI security inspections supported by 5G tech, using advanced 3D biometric technology that identifies individuals as well as detecting prohibited items.

The two companies also discussed the potential for intelligent cleaning robots for Games venues, as well as 8K HD live streaming and holographic projection of events for those at the venues, and at home.

Chen Hongtao, deputy general manager of the Zhejiang division of China Mobile, said: “We will take advantage of 5G technology and deeply integrate new information technology such as artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, cloud computing, big data and edge computing with the Asian Games, and provide various intelligent management services in communication, event watching, travel, internet and security, so as to turn the Hangzhou Asian Games into a high-tech and top-level event.”