Samsung tests 5G network on high-speed Japanese train

Samsung successfully demonstrate 5G on high-speed moving train in Japan

Samsung Electronics and Japanese telecommunications operator KDDI recently demonstrated the fifth-generation network on a high-speed moving train travelling at over 100 km/hour (over 60 mph). Both the companies achieved a successful downlink and uplink handover as well as a peak data transmission of 1.7 Gbps during the demonstration.

The tests were carried out in Saitama, Japan, near Tokyo from October 17 through October 19. The equipment used for the test included Samsung’s 5G pre-commercial end-to-end solution, which consisted of a 5G router (CPE), a 5G Radio, virtualized core and a virtualized RAN.

“The demonstration leveraged capabilities driven by 5G, such as high throughput, low latency and massive connections, which verified potential services that would be highly beneficial to passengers and operators of high-speed trains,” Samsung said.

The test happened on a train running between two stations over a one-mile stretch of track. The companies said that they could download a 8K-quality video via a 5G router installed on-board. In addition, a recorded 4K video shot from a camera installed on the train was also uploaded in the demonstration.

Samsung says that this will “pave the way to vastly improved backhaul for onboard Wi-Fi, superior passenger infotainment and increased security and analytics.”

“The potential that 5G holds is powerful enough to transform the landscape of our daily lives,” said Youngky Kim, President and Head of Networks Business at Samsung Electronics. “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.”

Talking about revolutionizing trains through 5G tech, 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.”

Uchida added, “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.”


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