InterContinental to launch 5G smart hotel

Shenzhen Telecom and Huawei jointly deployed a 5G digital indoor system on the InterContinental Shenzhen’s first floor and in the presidential suites. Photo credit: InterContinental Shenzhen

The InterContinental Shenzhen (China), Shenzhen Telecom and Huawei signed an agreement to create what they claim is the world's first 5G smart hotel. By introducing the end-to-end 5G network with integrated terminals and cloud applications, the project will enable the property to provide guests with a luxury experience.

Shenzhen Telecom is deploying Huawei's 5G network equipment in the hotel to achieve continuous indoor and outdoor 5G coverage. Guests will experience 5G hotel applications through 5G smartphones and customer-premises equipment terminals, including 5G welcome robots, 5G cloud computing terminals, 5G cloud games and 5G cloud virtual reality rowing machines, providing business travelers with a convenient and efficient working environment, and leisure travelers with a high-end, immersive entertainment experience.

The InterContinental Shenzhen is the first Spanish-inspired luxury business hotel in China. For the project’s kick-off ceremony, Shenzhen Telecom and Huawei jointly deployed a 5G digital indoor system on the hotel’s first floor and in the presidential suites. In the hotel lobby, guests can access the network through customer-premises equipment or their smartphones to experience high-speed downloads and uploads. Service efficiency is improved with intelligent robots that provide services including guest information, destination guidance, and goods delivery. The presidential suites covered by the new network provide guests with 5G hotel services such as cloud virtual reality rowing machines, cloud games and 4K movies. An experience zone that was built for today’s ceremony featured the world’s fastest mobile download rate and a versatile telecommunications and entertainment guest experience.

“Since consumer spending is continuously increasing, consumers are craving higher quality and better consumer experiences,” Golden Sun, GM of Shenzhen OCT Hotel Development Company, said in a statement. “Guests expect new things and new experiences. The joint venture with Shenzhen Telecom and Huawei has brought more possibilities to the hotel. Riding on the advanced technology, we can imagine our future and fly with it freely. We are excited to see the 5G experience zone in InterContinental Shenzhen as this is the first step for our three parties to build 5G hotels. On the other hand, we also hope to realize the comprehensive transformation of smart hotels and digital hotels by introducing 5G technology. We are willing to further cooperating with Shenzhen Telecom and Huawei to explore more in-depth application of 5G in the hotel scene, we hope that our experience can help the digital construction of the hotel industry and tourism."