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Press Release17 April 2019

IHG, Shenzhen Telecom and Huawei Test 5G Technology for Hotels

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InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)

The InterContinental Shenzhen, Shenzhen Telecom and Huawei have signed a strategic cooperation agreement to create what is being dubbed as 'the world's first 5G smart hotel'.

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By introducing end-to-end 5G network with integrated terminals and cloud applications, the project will help to open the door for a digital transformation of the hotel experience through 5G technology.

Shenzhen Telecom is deploying Huawei's 5G network equipment in the InterContinental Shenzhen to achieve continuous indoor and outdoor 5G coverage, which will serve as the platform for a new generation of hotel services.
Guests will be able to experience innovative 5G hotel applications through 5G smartphones and customer-premises equipment (CPE) terminals, including 5G welcome robots, 5G cloud computing terminals, 5G cloud games and 5G cloud virtual reality (VR) rowing machines.

For the project's kick-off ceremony, Shenzhen Telecom and Huawei jointly deployed a 5G Digital Indoor System on the hotel's first floor and in the presidential suites.

In the hotel lobby, guests can access the 5G network through CPEs or their smartphones to experience high speed 5G downloads and uploads, while 5G robots provide services including guest information, destination guidance, and goods delivery.

The presidential suite covered by the new network provide guests with 5G hotel services such as cloud VR rowing machines, cloud games and 4K movies.

Golden Sun, General Manager of Shenzhen OCT Hotel Development Co., Ltd said, " We are excited to see the 5G experience zone in InterContinental Shenzhen as this is the first step for our three parties to build 5G hotels. On the other hand, we also hope to realise the comprehensive transformation of smart hotels and digital hotels by introducing 5G technology. We are willing to further cooperating with Shenzhen Telecom and Huawei to explore more in-depth application of 5G in the hotel scene, we hope that our experience can help the digital construction of the hotel industry and tourism."

Dr. Peter Zhou, Chief Marketing Officer of Huawei Wireless Solution, said, "5G is here - from the 4K ultra high-definition live broadcast of CCTV's Spring Festival Gala early this year to Tuesday's 5G entertainment and business transformation of the InterContinental Shenzhen's presidential suites, 5G technology has penetrated into different industries. In this cooperation, together with Shenzhen Telecom, we provided a 5G Digital Indoor System and a 5G Cloud X application that adapts to the hotel scenario. It is a demonstration of both parties' leadership in end-to-end commercial application of 5G equipment. Huawei will continue to invest in 5G technology, be transparent and open, and create a trusted 5G ICT infrastructure to build 5G smart hotels with Shenzhen Telecom and InterContinental Shenzhen. We sincerely invite industry partners to join the 5G production circle and develop a prosperous 5G ecosystem together."

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