MWC Shanghai 2019 in photos: 5G is king

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5G everywhere at MWC Shanghai on June 26, 2019. (Image credit: TechNode / Eugene Tang)

The race to 5G is at the center of rising international trade friction, but at the 2019 Mobile World Conference in Shanghai, it was business as usual. Companies from around the world were eager to demonstrate their deployment of 5G in robotics, augmented reality (AR), entertainment, food delivery, and others.

China Mobile showcases a robot that mimics an employee’s movements using 5G at MWC Shanghai on June 26, 2019. (Image credit: TechNode / Jiayi Shi)

China Mobile used 5G to send signals from a human wearing sensors, and a robot reflected the movements almost instantly.

ZTE’s piano-playing robot at MWC Shanghai on June 28, 2019. (Image credit: TechNode / Eugene Tang)

ZTE showed off a robot playing the piano. While the music was pleasant, it was unclear what role 5G played in the demonstration.

A woman at the ZTE and Nreal booth looks through 5G-enabled glasses into an AR image at MWC Shanghai on June 28, 2019. (Image credit: TechNode / Eugene Tang)
The AR image shown through 5G-enabled glasses at the ZTE and Nreal booth at MWC Shanghai on June 28, 2019. (Image credit: TechNode / Eugene Tang)

ZTE also partnered with Nreal to deliver an AR headset.

Huawei’s booth at MWC Shanghai on June 26, 2019. (Image credit: TechNode / Jiayi Shi)

Huawei put on an impressive show; it was everywhere, and it was big. It had the largest booth in the exhibition area, which was invite-only. The telecom giant kicked off the conference with a presentation called “5G is ON” and headlined another five events—more than any other company.

Huawei's deputy chairman Ken Hu and president of its 5G product line Yang Chaobin spoke at MWC Shanghai on June 26, 2019. (Image credit: TechNode/Eugene Tang)
Left to right: Huawei’s deputy chairman Ken Hu, president of its 5G product line Yang Chaobin, and a translator at MWC Shanghai on June 26, 2019. (Image credit: TechNode / Eugene Tang)

At a press conference on Tuesday, Huawei said that its 5G equipment will not be affected by the American technology ban. It also announced that it had secured 50 commercial 5G contracts worldwide.

China Telecom announces partnership with Huawei at MWC Shanghai on June 27, 2019. (Image credit: TechNode / Eliza Gkritsi)

On Wednesday, Huawei announced a partnership with China Telecom to enhance uplink speed to support the telecom operator’s plan to deliver artificial intelligence (AI) solutions in industry, transport, home, and more.  The Baolong 5000 chip made by Huawei subsidiary HiSilicon will be used for the project, the company said.

Huawei speaks about its intelligent mobility ambitions at MWC Shanghai on June 27, 2019. (Image credit: TechNode / Jill Shen)

Huawei also spoke about its goal to become a first-tier supplier for 5G-powered AI transport systems, offering end-to-end intelligent system solutions, both horizontally and vertically.

China Mobile talks about smart mobility at MWC Shanghai on June 28, 2019. (Image credit: TechNode / Jill Shen)

China Mobile introduced plans for smart mobility and spoke about the role of the Chinese government in autonomous vehicle (AV) development. Authorities have made clear the strategy to develop vehicle-road cooperation using 5G so that China can compete in the global market for autonomous driving, it said.

The Ericsson stall at MWC Shanghai 2019. (Image credit: TechNode / Eugene Tang)
The Qualcomm booth at MWC Shanghai 2019. (Image credit: TechNode / Eugene Tang)

International semiconductor and telecom equipment manufacturers were also present and showcasing hardware capabilities for building 5G systems.

With additional reporting by Jill Shen, Wei Sheng, Jiayi Shi, and Eugene Tang.