Samsung Breaks New Ground In 5G Train Test
In a partnership with KDDI, Samsung Electronics has announced that they’ve achieved a milestone in 5G technology. The company reports that they were able to reach peak speeds of 1.7 Gbps on a train traveling more than 60 miles-per-hour. The tests occurred between October 17 and October 19 near Saitama, Japan.
During the course of the test run, highspeed uploads and downloads were proven possible. An 8k video was downloaded while a 4K video shot on the train was uploaded during the tests. Samsung used its own 5G hardware for these test runs.
These results prove that Samsung’s 5G hardware is low latency and capable of supporting multiple devices. KKDI’s Yoshiaki Uchida said that these tests represented an important step in the commercialization of 5G.
“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 said.
Current networks rely on 4G which does allow for a large number of connected devices, but data service fees are still rather expensive if a lot is used. The hope is that 5G will increase the number and availability of how networked devices can be used.
Samsung and KDDI have been working together since 2015 and currently hope to have 5G tecnhogly available by 2020. The development of 5G networks has been in the works for several years now and, once it launches, it is expected that it will provide faster internet speeds with, hopefully, lower rates.
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