A demonstration by Samsung and Japanese telecommunications operator KDDI has shown the potential of 5G connectivity. The two ran a network trial from a moving train; achieving peak transfer speeds of 1.7Gbps.
The trial was held in the city of Saitama, with the train traveling some 1.5km between two stations. Speeds were relatively low as far as trains go, but were on point to simulate road speeds achieved by cars; moving as fast as 100km/h.
Samsung deployed its 5G pre-commercial end-to-end solution for the test. It includes a 5G router (CPE), radio access unit (5G Radio), virtualised RAN and virtualised core. The companies also tested consumer level use-case scenarios while on the train. This includes downloading 8K videos, and uploading 4K videos from a mobile device.
Youngky Kim, President and Head of Networks Business at Samsung Electronics said, “The potentials that 5G holds is powerful enough to transform the landscape of our daily lives. The success of today’s demonstration is a result of our joint research with KDDI, which we will continue to pursue as we explore next generation networks and use cases This will include research on diverse spectrums and technologies, as well as new business models and applications.”
5G technology is still on schedule to be deployed by 2019, with companies working to figure out the best way to get it out in the field. Initial consumer focused trials are set to begin next year in some countries as well.
(Source: Samsung )