Huawei debuts Gigabit 5G at China’s Chengdu Tianfu International Airport

China’s Chengdu Tianfu International Airport (Image credit: Huawei)

China Mobile Chengdu has brought Huawei's 5G distributed Massive MIMO solution to the new Chengdu Tianfu International Airport, building the first Gigabit 5G airport in China. Huawei's field tests showed that the user-perceived rate across the check-in areas exceeded 1Gbps, with the single-user rate increasing by 26% on average over common 5G networks, up to a peak of 1.25Gbps.

“Solid foundation for both common passenger services and 5G smart travel applications.”


The field tests also showed significant improvement displayed in both the perceived rate and overall network capacity in multi-user scenarios. “This high level of network performance will provide a solid foundation for both common passenger services and 5G smart travel applications. The upgrade to wall-to-wall Gigabit will help carriers fulfil the demand for premium mobile access and smart travel experience,” said Huawei, in a press statement.

5G-based smart travel services

With major airlines like Chengdu Tianfu International Airport launching 5G-based smart travel services, such as VIP recognition, luggage tracking, and AR map navigation, to improve travel experience, high 5G speed is essential. In using Huawei's digital indoor small cells combined with 5G distributed Massive MIMO software functions, Chengdu Tianfu International Airport certainly achieves this.

Wall-to-wall 5G Gigabit speed

Distributed Massive MIMO is vital to support wall-to-wall 5G Gigabit speed. Incorporating the leading 5G technology of outdoor 5G Massive MIMO into indoor networks, distributed Massive MIMO provides indoor networks with joint beamforming and multi-user MIMO to enhance both 5G network capacity and user experience. Signal quality is improved by eliminating interference between channels working on the same frequency in multi-cell networks to provide a high-speed and high-quality experience in target 5G coverage areas.

Chengdu Tianfu International Airport is the second international air hub in Southwest China's Sichuan province. It has two terminals covering a total floor area of 719,600 m2 and is able to support 40 million passenger trips, 700,000 tons of cargo and mail, and 320,000 aircraft movements annually. As air travellers spend a considerable amount of time in airports in watching videos, gaming, reading and chatting online, wall-to-wall high-speed 5G mobile access was a core requirement of the new mega airport.

“Empower airports and airlines to implement smart travel applications.”


“China Mobile Chengdu always strives to provide its users with premium 5G experience. Chengdu Tianfu International Airport is a new landmark in Sichuan, and wall-to-wall 5G Gigabit networks will enable it to improve mobile services and build high-quality network infrastructure required to improve travel experience and empower airports and airlines to implement smart travel applications,” said Huawei, in a press statement.

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