December 8, 2016 — SK Telecom has deployed a large mmWave 5G trial network using the 28 GHz band at BMW driving center located in Yeongjong Island, Incheon, and demonstrated the world’s first 5G-based connected car, named ‘T5.’
The 5G trial network covers all driving tracks inside the driving center which spans across an area of 149 square miles and supports more than 20 Gbps peak data rates with sub-millisecond latency. SK Telecom and Ericsson have jointly developed and deployed the 5G radio and core network infrastructure to cover the whole driving center.
Realized through the powerful combination of 5G and Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) technologies, T5 improves road safety and driving experience by supporting ultra-low latency communication between vehicles or the vehicle and its environment. For the demonstration, SK Telecom worked with BMW Group Korea to install 5G terminals within two BMW vehicles.
SK Telecom has demonstrated T5’s capability to observe road conditions enabled by a video recognition camera installed within the vehicle to provide notifications and assisted-driving to drivers. In addition, the company has transmitted ultra-high-definition (UHD) video taken by 4K cameras and a 360-degree camera installed both inside and outside of the vehicle to the control center.
SK Telecom has also introduced a 5G-based virtual reality bus (named ‘5G Experience Bus’). Equipped with large screen displays, an audio system and state-of-the-art video cameras to provide augmented/virtual reality multimedia, 5G Experience Bus provides passengers with immersive media experience while on the move.
Additionally, SK Telecom unveiled plans to deploy and operate 5G trial networks characterized by different scales and capabilities in Seoul and other select metropolitan area through cooperation with global telecom equipment manufacturers including Ericsson, Nokia and Samsung Electronics starting from early 2017.