Briefing: Chengdu is latest city to roll out 5G in airport

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成都双流国际机场启动5G智慧空港建设 – Sichuan Daily

What happened: The southwestern city of Chengdu is partnering with Huawei to construct 5G networks at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport. The deployment of 5G is expected to expedite passenger luggage delivery and surveillance services including face recognition for security purposes. Local units of the state-owned telecommunications operator China Mobile will also participate in the deployment, which is scheduled to come into use by the end of 2019.

Why it’s important: Chinese city governments are encouraging the commercial adoption of 5G networks, and Chengdu is among the early adaptors. In January, Chengdu opened China’s first 5G-enabled subway station that provides ultra-fast wifi connection. The city’s downtown Taikoo Li district became the country’s first demonstration block for 5G commercial use in November. Meanwhile, the southern city of Guangzhou has launched a 5G-covered at its main airport in January, followed by northeastern city of Shenyang launching a 5G-enabled air base in February.