The AFC’s Official Regional Partner’s solutions aim to make the AFC Asian Cup China 2023TM the most technologically advanced football competition in Asia

China Mobile Migu, the Official Partner of AFC Asian Cup China 2023TM, held a virtual press conference on October 14, for the publication of its 5G Smart Venue Technical White Paper (‘the White Paper’).

Andrew Rogers, the AFC Commercial Director, He Xi, General Secretary of AFC Asian CupTM Local Organizing Committee, Liu Jian, General Manager of China Mobile’s Government and Enterprise Division, Liu Xin, General Manager of China Mobile Migu Corporation, Andrew Guy, Executive Vice President at FMA, and representatives from the 10 host cities of the Asian Cup China 2023TM and China Mobile’s local divisions attended the virtual press conference to witness the release of the White Paper.

Andrew Rogers, the AFC’s Commercial Director, said, “The AFC and China Mobile Migu share a vision, which is to deliver a truly unique and exciting football experience to our fans in China PR through the implementation of the latest and most innovative technology across our competitions – particularly for the AFC Asian Cup 2023TM.”

“We look forward to collaborating with China Mobile Migu and the LOC on staging a very successful AFC Asian Cup China 2023TM.”

He Xi, General Secretary of AFC Asian Cup Local Organizing Committee, commented, “The China Organizing Committee and host cities are committed to build world-leading smart venues. China Mobile’s 5G smart venue technology White Paper represents the latest guidance for the integration of 5G technology in sports events and venues.”

“It is aligned with the Asian CupTM information technology plan formulated by the China Organizing Committee. It covers more sports events, proposes wider applications and explores more technological features. We believe the publication of the White Paper will provide a useful reference for the preparation of the Asian Cup 2023TM and the construction of smart venues in the host cities.”

Liu Jian, General Manager of China Mobile’s Government and Enterprise Division, said, “China Mobile has been actively developing and propelling new trends in the digital intelligence industry to accelerate the construction of a new ‘connectivity + computing power + capability’ infrastructure that focuses on integrating 5G, computing power, and an intelligent middle platform.”

“China Mobile has further implemented a ‘5G+’ plan, fast-tracking 5G development by integrating the technology into industries and people’s lives. As of September, we have built more than half a million 5G base stations and created 200+ model projects and over 4,000 commercial cases in 18 industry segments.”

Liu Xin, General Manager of China Mobile Migu Corporation, added, ”The AFC Asian CupTM is Asia’s pinnacle national team football competition and a major large-scale football event. It provides great opportunities to showcase China’s global image, promote our country’s development, and invigorate national spirit. The event will attract wide attention home and abroad.”

“As the Official Regional Partner of AFC Asian CupTM, we launch the 5G Smart Venue Technology White Paper, aiming to exploit the advantages of China Mobile’s technological innovations such as ‘5G+AICDE’. By providing a more immersive viewing experience and smarter venues services through the ‘5G+ sports’ upgrade of the venues, we are building a cutting-edge competitive environment for athletes and referees, to contribute to the success of AFC Asian Cup 2023TM.”

Sun Xiangyun, General Manager of China Mobile Migu’s Industry Digital Solutions department, released the White Paper at the press conference. It provides a comprehensive overview of the basic network communication technology requirements for 5G smart venues and emphasizes on 5G technology applications in the areas of viewer service, smart viewing, venue management, and commercial operation. The integrated 5G smart venue solution further promotes upgrading of venues in several areas such as epidemic prevention and control, youth training and fitness. It also aims at reducing cost by improving venue management efficiency and operational capabilities. It will help to create new business and new services, adding long-term value for venues.

According to reports, the White Paper combines China Mobile’s core technology support solutions and practical experience gained from the construction of 5G smart venues with the Winter Sports Center of the State Sports General Administration, and the CBA league. It provides the host venues professional guidance and specifications.

The partnership between the AFC and China Mobile Migu enables Chinese audiences to view all major AFC national team competition, including the AFC Asian QualifiersTM, the AFC Asian Cup China 2023TM and the AFC Champions LeagueTM via Migu Video, China Mobile Mobaihe, and 5G Video Ringtone. In addition, both parties will further cooperate in areas like marketing activation and event promotion, with the objective to offer fans a fully immersive AFC Asian CupTM experience.