KDDI and Samsung Electronics have successfully completed the first 5G demonstration on a moving train that is traveling at a speed of 100 km/hour and the distance between two stations was approximately 1.5kms. During the demonstration, both the companies were able to achieve a speed of 1.7 Gbps.
The 5G demonstration tests were carried from October 17th through the 19th in the city of Saitama in Japan, near Tokyo. Samsung to the tests have used the 5G pre-commercial end-to-end solution, which is composed of a 5G router (CPE), radio access unit (5G Radio), virtualized RAN and virtualized core. In addition to the downlink and uplink handover, an 8K video was downloaded via the CPE installed onboard, and a 4K video, filmed on a camera mounted on the train, and the same was able to be uploaded.
Samsung and KDDI have closely collaborated to demonstrate 5G millimeter wave performance in various scenarios that also includes a multi-cell handover demonstration that took place in February where the device was mounted on a moving car n the busy streets of Tokyo. In another test, the device was attached to a car racing at 200km/h in Yongin, Korea back in September.
Youngky Kim, President and Head of Networks Business, 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.
Yoshiaki Uchida, Senior Managing Executive Officer, KDDI said:
In collaboration with Samsung, KDDI has opened up the possibility for new 5G vertical business models, such as a high-speed train. 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 a train station is an important milestone indicating 5G commercialization is near. To fulfill our aim to launch 5G by 2020, KDDI will continue exploring real-life scenario experiments for diverse 5G use and business cases together with Samsung.