Next year’s Asian Games will be the testing ground for a new Huawei 5G network that will be piloted at the ‘Big Lotus’ Hangzhou Olympic Sports Park Stadium after it was verified by China Mobile.

Having struck a partnership with the Games to roll out 5G technology back in 2019, the network will be the showpiece element of Hangzhou 2022, which is due to take place from September 10-25.

The network will run on Huawei’s products and services and endured an extensive stress test to ensure it was fit for purpose in an ultra-dense area such as the Hangzhou stadium, which can hold up to 80,000 spectators.

The official communications partners of the Games are China Telecom and China Mobile, both of whom are hoping to roll-out 5G to more sporting events.

Chen Hua, deputy general manager of Zhejiang Telecom, the provincial subsidiary of China Telecom, explained back in 2019: “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.”

The 2022 Asian Games is set to stage 40 sports, with over 10,000 athletes anticipated to be competing.

With such a high demand for network coverage, it is essential that the network is able to cope.

Huawei said of the test results: “This level of performance suffices to fulfil the tremendous service requirements for messaging, internet access, video transfer, and broadcasting with good user experience.

“This will be essential for network assurance in the smart stadiums for the 2022 Asian Games.”

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