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5G goes mobile as chipmakers connect cars to 5G base stations

The 5G standard is still several weeks away, but chipmakers are already testing 5G equipment in a variety of environments, including moving vehicles. A car traveling at 30 miles per hour was able to stream 4K video in a 5G test conducted by Intel, NTT DoCoMo, Ericsson and Toyota in Japan.

The test achieved downlink speeds of up to 1 Gbps and 600 Mbps uplink for 4K-resolution video, according to the companies. The vehicle was equipped with Intel’s GO 5G automotive platform terminal and a compact on-board antenna head designed for connected car trials. It drove on a road lined with multiple Ericsson base stations connected via cloud-RAN.

Intel said this is the first 5G multi-vendor interoperability trial involving a device connected to a base station in an automotive environment. Intel, Ericsson and Toyota plan to conduct more trials in the months ahead.

Qualcomm is also moving towards 5G in moving vehicles. The company is working on solutions for two different technologies that are being developed for autonomous driving: cellular V2X and dedicated short-range communications.

In addition, Qualcomm’s Sundar Subramanian, who is leading the company’s millimeter-wave and 5G standardization effort, said recently at the Texas Wireless Summit that his company is successfully testing 5G communication between mobile base stations and smartphones inside vehicles.


Martha DeGrasse
Martha DeGrasse
Martha DeGrasse is the publisher of Network Builder Reports ( At RCR, Martha authored more than 20 in-depth feature reports and more than 2,400 news articles. She also created the Mobile Minute and the 5 Things to Know Today series. Prior to joining RCR Wireless News, Martha produced business and technology news for CNN and Dow Jones in New York and managed the online editorial group at Hoover’s Online before taking a number of years off to be at home when her children were young. Martha is the board president of Austin's Trinity Center and is a member of the Women's Wireless Leadership Forum.

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