Date
23 June 2018
5G was a hot topic at the Mobile World Congress event this year, with the technology expected to be adopted in a broad range of applications. Photo: AFP
5G was a hot topic at the Mobile World Congress event this year, with the technology expected to be adopted in a broad range of applications. Photo: AFP

5G: Another tech area where Hong Kong is lagging

The Mobile World Congress in Barcelona is the biggest annual event for players involved in the mobile telecommunications industry.

This year, Samsung unveiled its latest flagship smartphone model shortly before the trade show kicked off. The new dual-aperture Galaxy S9 is powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 mobile platform, and supports F1.5 and F2.4 modes.

Large aperture lens are usually found only in high-end models in traditional cameras. Now that a smartphone has such feature, its shows how quickly technology is advancing.

Meanwhile, Sony, Nokia, LG, Asus, Huawei, ZTE also announced new handsets, and the main selling point also seem to be the photo-taking related functions.

Meanwhile, the much-talked-about 5G mobile phone has not come yet. It seems the devices won’t be ready this year.

Still, 5G remained a hot topic at the Mobile World Congress that concluded last week.

5G is in fact far more than just higher speed.

For example, Internet of Things (IoT), which comes into play in different areas, such as auto-driving cars, traffic surveillance systems, air quality monitoring systems, smart homes and smart city projects, is one of the key applications of 5G technology.

We’ve seen a lot of new technologies related to 5G applications in this year’s Mobile World Congress.

Some countries have already issued 5G licenses. With system testing largely expected to kick off this year, 5G phone service could be available as early as 2019.

Hong Kong, however, may not release spectrum for 5G services until 2019 for bidding by wireless telecom operators.

That means at the earliest, the first-stage of 5G network will be completed only by 2020 in the city. It marks another piece of news that shows how we are losing at the starting line.

This article appeared in the Hong Kong Economic Journal on March 8

Translation by Julie Zhu

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RC

Hong Kong Information Technology Federation honorary chairman

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