University contributes to successful 5G trials in Warsaw

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

The tests were conducted by the RAPID 5G consortium, of which academics from the School of Engineering and Digital Arts (EDA) are members, to examine the possibilities of running extremely high-speed data transfer rates of up to 10 Gb/s at very low latency to a large number of devices.

The trial, led by Polish telecoms company Exatel, involved a live ‘field test’ in a shopping centre in Warsaw which broadcast 4K and 8K video streams from 5G antennas to a computer fitted with VR goggles at speeds of 800Mb/s.

This 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 fibre networks to the 5G mobile spectrum in use.

There are now 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 which started in 2014 and is formed of universities, research institutes, telecom operators and infrastructure manufacturers.

The full membership of the consortium is: University of Duisburg-Essen, University of Kent, Corning, Siklu, Osaka University, Doshisha University, Hitachi Ltd., Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry (Japan), Electronic Navigation Research Institute (Japan), Koden Technology & Information and Exatel.