European-Japanese Consortium Conducts Live 5G Tests in Warsaw
Monday, July 24, 2017 | Comments

Real-world tests of 5G technologies that could deliver dramatically faster data transfer speeds than 4G networks took place in Warsaw, Poland, earlier this month.

The RAPID 5G consortium, of which academics from the University of Kent’s School of Engineering and Digital Arts (EDA) are members, conducted the tests to examine the possibilities of running high-speed data transfer rates of up to 10 Gigabits per second (Gbps) at low latency to a large number of devices.

The trial, led by Polish telecoms company Exatel, involved a live field test in a shopping center in Warsaw that broadcast 4K and 8K video streams from 5G antennas to a computer fitted with virtual reality goggles at speeds of 800 Megabits per second (Mbps).

The trial was designed to test the interoperability of all the elements of the network infrastructure, with particular focus on the conversion of the video transmissions from back-end fiber networks to the 5G mobile spectrum in use. There are plans to test the technology again at a football stadium in Osaka, Japan, next month.

RAPID-5G is a European Union-Japan Horizon 2020 research project that started in 2014 and is formed of universities, research institutes, telecom operators and infrastructure manufacturers. The full membership of the consortium includes University of Duisburg-Essen, University of Kent, Corning, Siklu, Osaka University, Doshisha University, Hitachi, Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry (Japan), Electronic Navigation Research Institute (Japan), Koden Technology and Information, and Exatel.

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