Samsung recently tested 5G on a train traveling at about 62MPH and was able to hit a peak speed of 1.7Gbps. The company called its test, which was performed with Japan’s KDDI, a success, saying it achieved successful downlink and uplink handover in addition to the crazy peak speed. The test took place in Saitama, Japan, on October 17 through October 19.
Samsung’s test involved a 5G router and a 5G Radio, plus a virtualized core and virtualized RAN. The test happened on a train running between two stations that were about 1 mile apart from each other. The on-board 5G router was used to download an 8K video and to upload a 4K video sourced from a camera mounted on the train. KDDI is eyeing 5G tech as a way to revolutionize trains.
Talking about this, KDDI’s Senior Managing Executive Officer Yoshiaki Uchida said, “With 5G expected to bring railway services to a whole new dimension, the success of today’s demonstration in everyday locations such as a train and train station is an important milestone indicating 5G commercialization is near.”
KDDI plans to launch 5G by 2020; it opens the doors to many potential benefits, such as better on-board WiFi and a better infotainment experience on the trains.
For its part, Samsung has been putting ample effort into developing and testing 5G technologies. A recent report claimed that Samsung has been working with the U.S. military to develop and test a 5G network prototype. The technology is reportedly of interest to the military as a way to supply units with high-speed and relatively portable Internet connectivity while out in the field.
SOURCE: Samsung News