Wednesday, 12 February 2020 01:35

Nokia, Softbank claim completion of ‘world-first’ 5G connected car test Featured

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Nokia is providing an end-to-end 5G portfolio to telecom operator SoftBank, with the company becoming "first in the world" to have successfully completed tests demonstrating that non-standalone 5G technology can be used to commercially operate connected cars.

Under the partnership, using state-of the-art equipment from Nokia’s end-to-end 5G portfolio, Japanese operator SoftBank installed non-standalone 5G networks suited to connected vehicle testing at a Honda Research and Development site in Kamikawa-gun, Hokkaido, Japan.

Nokia said the test has succeeded in conducting a “breakthrough, world-first trial” that is the first step in deploying is 3GPP Release 15 compliant using commercial-level 256QAM high-order modulation and 4x4 MIMO radio equipment network equipment.

As part of the trials, SoftBank tested four use cases, including the transmission of location information of surrounding vehicles at intersections with poor visibility, the identification and notification processes for falling objects on the road as well as and the transmission and secondary use of high-quality 4K video and images taken from the in-vehicle cameras.

Nokia said it believes 5G will be capable of delivering the speed and capacity required to ensure vehicles can communicate and interact safely and efficiently on road networks - with deploying high-bandwidth and low-latency 5G networks essential for delivering the benefits of the next generation of road vehicles, whether they are connected or fully autonomous.

Nokia says its ambition is to ensure that 5G technology can be fully utilised in the future connected car market, which is projected to reach over US$225bn in value by 2025.

John Harrington, Head of Nokia Japan, said: “These trials demonstrate that 5G technology can be successfully, safely and efficiently utilized in the connected car market. We look forward to further develop research in this exciting space and bring 5G-connected mobility solutions to the roads.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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