Huawei Participates in Construction of Europe’s First 5G Smart Railway Port

The Hungarian subsidiary of Chinese telecommunications equipment giant Huawei announced on Monday that it has signed a cooperation agreement with Hungarian East-West Gate Intermodal Logistics and British telecommunications operator Vodafone to build Europe’s first smart railway hub managed by a 5G private network.

According to an article published by Huawei’s Hungarian subsidiary, East-West Gate is located in Fényeslitke, Hungary, covering an area of 85 hectares. After completion, it will become the largest intelligent multimodal transport railway hub in Europe, and the first railway port in Europe to use a 5G private network for internal communications and the operation of technological devices.

The 5G private network of this project is provided by Vodafone Hungary and Huawei Technologies Hungary. The 5G technology will be used to remotely control the terminal’s fully self-propelled giant cranes, which are capable of even, fine movements. The terminal will be able to handle up to 1 million 20-foot containers (TEUs) per year after its completion in the first quarter of next year.

(Source: Huawei)

Colin Cai Lingyu, CEO of Huawei Technologies Hungary, said at the signing ceremony that this is the first time that the company has used 5G technology to empower the traditional railway logistics industry in Europe and realize remote control of cranes through 5G technology. With the technical advantages of 5G technology, such as high speed, low delays and high capacity, workers only need to sit in the central control room and use the high-definition video returned by 5G to complete the operation remotely, which improves the working environment and operation efficiency.

Károly Balázs Solymár, Deputy State Secretary for Digitization of Hungary, said that the government is paying special attention to industrial solutions based on 5G technology, and is aiming at the logistics industry to achieve this goal. Hungary will adopt the most advanced digital technology to carry out more innovations in the future, so as to further enhance its competitiveness.

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According to China Securities Journal, in “Intelligent World 2030″ released by Huawei, the firm predicted that by 2030, 1 million enterprises will build their own 5G private networks (including virtual private networks), and the penetration rate of 5G industry private networks in large- and medium-sized enterprises will reach 35%.