The partners set up a live feed over a trial 5G network (100MHz of spectrum in the 28GHz band) that connected terminals mounted on a car speeding around on a skid pan at the Gerotek testing facility in Pretoria. The demo set-up comprised four radio units, baseband equipment, a 5G user equipment (UE) prototype with an external antenna, a vehicle with the 5G UE installed, a 4K video camera and a virtual reality (VR) headset.
An audience was able to "view the driver's surroundings whilst moving around the track, allowing them to experience what the driver was seeing, in real time," noted Ericsson in a media release about the trial.
And to take things a step further, and to show the low latency being provided for the video feed, the driver's windscreen was then fully obscured, "leaving him to navigate the track using the live feed from a 4K video camera to his VR headset."
According to Ericsson and MTN, the demonstration showed that video was delivered over a 5G mobile broadband connection of up to 1.6 Gbit/s with latency of less than 5 milliseconds.
"5G presents an opportunity for operators to improve their existing consumer businesses and address previously untapped value chains in the digitalization of industries," noted Rafiah Ibrahim, Head of Ericsson Middle East and Africa. "The collaboration between MTN South Africa and Ericsson has led to an exploration of a variety of use cases and applications for digital transformation of industries. These include the automotive, mining, transportation, agriculture, manufacturing and utilities sectors. We are proud to be demonstrating this use case with MTN."
"At MTN Business, we are very excited to have demonstrated our IoT capabilities, enabled by 5G technology, to our top tier customers," added Wanda Matandela, Chief Business Enterprise Officer, MTN SA. "Using pilots like this, we are not only assessing and preparing our network to roll out 5G in the future, but we are also future-proofing our infrastructure to enrich customer experience and take industries to the next level," she added.
"There are great opportunities for both the private and public sectors to join us as we forge ahead, harnessing the power of technology to unlock applications that can optimise enterprise efficiency and improve the delivery of services. This demonstration supports our vision of leading the delivery of a bold, new digital world for our enterprise customers," concluded Matandela.
With the trend to extreme cellular capacities, new generations of advanced antennas have evolved, adding new possibilities and claiming crucial roles in building efficient 5G networks.
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