CES Asia points to 5G fu­ture

Global Times US Edition - - FRONT PAGE - By Wang Yi in Shang­hai and Chen Qingqing in Beijing

Hun­dreds of ex­hibitors gath­ered on Tues­day in Shang­hai at CES Asia 2019, where cut­ting-edge tech­nolo­gies such as 5G, ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence (AI) and the In­ter­net of Things (IOT) are be­ing show­cased.

De­spite the Us-led clam­p­down on China’s rise in high tech­nol­ogy, in­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives are mov­ing to­ward closer col­lab­o­ra­tion, a must for the fu­ture of tech­nol­ogy.

The tech fest, or­ga­nized by the US Con­sumer Tech­nol­ogy Associatio­n (CTA), wel­comed a large num­ber of vis­i­tors, many of whom were from the US. The new tech cold war ini­ti­ated by the US gov­ern­ment has not damp­ened the en­thu­si­asm of Amer­i­can tech firms to seek co­op­er­a­tion in tech­nol­ogy in China, par­tic­u­larly when the coun­try is now lead­ing in the next gen­er­a­tion of wire­less tech­nol­ogy.

The trade war is bad for ev­ery coun­try in­volved, and with new tech­nolo­gies like AI and 5G com­ing to life… China is po­si­tion­ing it

self as a world leader, which is why the CTA is host­ing the event here, Gary Shapiro, pres­i­dent and CEO of the CTA, said in a key­note speech on Tues­day.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Dow Chem­i­cal Com­pany and Fos­sil Group – two US firms at the event – told the Global Times that they value the Chi­nese mar­ket as their long-term strat­egy. Some an­a­lysts pre­dicted that China-us de­cou­pling in the tech sec­tor is un­likely as co­op­er­a­tion is an ir­re­versible trend.

The event came af­ter the Min­istry of In­dus­try and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy of­fi­cially is­sued 5G li­censes to ma­jor car­ri­ers, ush­er­ing in a 5G era that cre­ates in­no­va­tive and lu­cra­tive busi­ness mod­els. Peo­ple will be able to turn on their air con­di­tion­ers be­fore ar­riv­ing home, and re­motely mon­i­tor the re­frig­er­a­tor. They will be able to keep their hands off the wheel while driv­ing, and con­trol de­vices with their voice, just like Iron Man. All these sce­nar­ios will soon be­come re­al­ity with the help of 5G-pow­ered net­works, which are con­sid­ered 100 times faster than 4G with low la­tency.

At the booth of Chi­nese au­tomaker SAIC Mo­tor, a vis­i­tor tried out a 5G-pow­ered driv­ing sys­tem, which en­ables the driver to con­trol a ve­hi­cle about 50 kilo­me­ters away. An em­ployee told the Global Times that this sys­tem can be used for res­cue work in dis­as­ter-hit ar­eas.

5G will ac­cel­er­ate the devel­op­ment of au­ton­o­mous driv­ing. Holo­matic, a Chi­nese start-up com­pany fo­cus­ing on au­ton­o­mous driv­ing, said it is work­ing with ma­jor tele­com car­ri­ers to de­velop self-driv­ing tests in the coun­try, and 5G tech­nolo­gies pro­vide the safest and most sta­ble net­works.

Huawei, a ma­jor global player in 5G de­ploy­ment, was also un­der the spot­light. Be­sides its com­pet­i­tive busi­nesses, such as tele­coms equip­ment and smart­phones, Huawei has been mov­ing into new ter­ri­tory like au­tos and smart homes by pro­vid­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tions hard­ware.

“Huawei is an im­por­tant part­ner of Audi in com­ing up with stan­dards for connected cars, and our part­ner­ship with Huawei will en­able users to soon en­joy new au­to­mo­tive tech­nolo­gies,” Yin Xiao­hang, a senior ex­ec­u­tive of Audi China, told the Global Times on Tues­day.

Col­lab­o­ra­tion is the fu­ture

While the US con­tin­ues to curb Chi­nese tech firms amid an es­ca­lat­ing trade war, in­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives agree that col­lab­o­ra­tion is the fu­ture, which will also boost in­no­va­tion and achieve tech­no­log­i­cal break­throughs.

“This at­ti­tude is re­flected in the grow­ing in­ter­est for tech events like CES Asia,” Li Yi, a senior re­search fel­low at the Shang­hai Academy of So­cial Sciences’ In­ter­net Re­search Cen­ter, told the Global Times on Tues­day.

As in­dus­try stan­dards have been jointly es­tab­lished by var­i­ous na­tions, they are also un­likely to iso­late them­selves from the global com­mu­nity in the 5G era, Li noted.

For in­stance, 5G patents de­vel­oped by Chi­nese com­pa­nies and in­sti­tu­tions in­clud­ing Huawei, ZTE and the Chi­nese Academy of Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Tech­nol­ogy, ac­counted for 40 per­cent of to­tal patents glob­ally, me­dia re­ported on Tues­day, cit­ing patent data firm Iplyt­ics. The in­ter­na­tional body re­spon­si­ble for set­ting 5G stan­dards 3GPP also warned that black­list­ing Huawei will have a dra­matic im­pact on the fu­ture of stan­dard­iza­tion.

“It will be ex­cit­ing to see 5G-pow­ered ap­pli­ca­tions, as de­vices will all be connected and I can use voice as­sis­tance to con­trol them,” a white-col­lar worker sur­named Li who lives in Shang­hai, told the Global Times at the event.

Vis­i­tors browse new Huawei smart­phones at the com­pany’s booth at CES Asia 2019, in Shang­hai on Tues­day. The ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tures cut­ting-edge tech­nolo­gies such as 5G, ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence and the In­ter­net of Things.

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