GSMA Brings MWC22 Barcelona to China with Post-MWC22 Event

GSMA launches annual reports “Mobile Economy China 2022” and “5G in Verticals in China 2022”

28 March 2022, London: The GSMA is bringing MWC22 Barcelona to China with a curated Post MWC22 Sharing session. The event, which will take place on 31 March 2022, will explore the key discussions and trends from MWC22 Barcelona. It will include keynote sessions featuring industry leaders from China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, HONOR, Huawei, Qualcomm, ZTE, and the GSMA.

“MWC is about convening the global mobile ecosystem so we can engage in fruitful discussions about how disruptive technologies are forging meaningful change,” said GSMA’s Head of Greater China, Sihan Bo Chen. “As one of the leading markets in 5G, China has been instrumental in accelerating digital transformation across industries. We are bringing together partners and stakeholders to support global cooperation, foster innovation, and promote further progress. With this collaboration, we will continue to shape the future of 5G and unlock a new era of connectivity.”

A look back at MWC22 Barcelona

Prominent trends and success stories from MWC22 will be a central focus as industry leaders discuss key learnings and best practices to reach the full potential of connectivity in the region. MWC22 marked the highly anticipated return of in-person events to Barcelona. It was a vibrant occasion that welcomed more than 61,000 in-person attendees from almost 200 countries, with over 1,000 speakers.

Thought leaders at the Post-MWC22 Sharing event

The event will highlight China’s dynamic mobile industry, as well as focus on themes including 5G applications, 5G City, the metaverse, and smart devices. The GSMA is delighted to welcome a range of leaders from the industry, including mobile operators, device manufacturers, and communications companies. These experts will discuss the outlook for China’s dynamic mobile industry, 5G applications across enterprises and cities, and the trends shaping the future of the mobile industry. Our speakers include:

  • Liu Liehong, Chairman & CEO, China Unicom
  • Dong Xin, CEO, China Mobile
  • Li Zhengmao, President, China Telecom
  • John Hoffman, CEO, GSMA Ltd.
  • Sihan Bo Chen, Head of Greater China, GSMA
  • Wang Jianzhou, Senior Advisor, GSMA
  • George Zhao, CEO, HONOR Device Co. Ltd.
  • Carlos Grau, CEO, Mobile World Capital
  • Durga Malladi, senior vice president and general manager, 5G, mobile broadband and infrastructure, Qualcomm Technologies
  • Xie Junshi, COO, ZTE
  • Philip Song, CMO of Carrier BG, Huawei

The session will take place between 16:00 – 17:30 CST, Thursday 31st March and will be available to watch on Mobile World Live. Please click here to watch.

Mobile Economy China 2022 confirms 5G acceleration across the region

Launching today, the annual Mobile Economy China Report reveals continued momentum in 5G adoption, with the total number of 5G connections expected to reach 892 million in China by 2025, from 488 million 5G connections in 2021. By 2025, 5G will account for more than half of total mobile connections.

4G adoption peaked in 2020 and fell throughout 2021 as consumers increasingly switched to 5G packages. Due to the rapid take-up of 5G in China, the region is one of the global leaders in terms of 5G adoption. The growth in 5G adoption is supported by a growing device ecosystem and an increasing number of compatible handset sales and network rollouts.

Other key findings include:

  • By the end of 2025, 5G will account for around 52% of total mobile connections in China.
  • In 2021, China added more than 285 million 5G connections, with its share of global 5G connections equivalent to 75%.
  • In 2021, mobile technologies and services generated $900 billion of economic value, equating to 5.6% of national GDP and this is expected to grow by around $66 billion by 2025.
  • More than 1.04 billion people in China now use mobile internet services, with this figure expected to increase by a further 146 million by 2025, increasing the proportion of connected people to 80% of the population.
  • Operators in mainland China have now deployed over 1.4 million 5G base stations, with the MIIT (Ministry of Industry and Information Technology) setting an ambitious plan to reach 3.64 million 5G base stations by the end of 2025.

5G in Verticals in China 2022 Report reveals powerful 5G use cases

Also launching today is the 5G in Verticals in China 2022 Report, which reveals 16 5G use cases across industrial applications in the region, developed jointly by mobile network operators and technology partners in China. From intelligent subways and automated patrol inspections to environment monitoring and medical rescue command platforms, the report takes a closer look at 5G industrial application scenarios and opportunities for smart manufacturing, smart mining, and smart cities.

At the same time, GSMA Greater China has announced a 5G City task force to promote the use of 5G in transportation and logistics, emergency services, environmental protection citizen services, and digital government. The goal is to help develop solutions to enable smart cities. The task force is supported by 13 partners including China Mobile, China Telecom, and China Unicom.

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