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Beamforming and bickering; the LTE giants get to grips with automotive

The past week has seen two announcements appear that illustrate the cellular industry’s attempts to diversify into automotive applications. With next-gen technologies as a platform, Ericsson, SK Telecom, and BMW demonstrated a 28GHz beamforming technique that could push a 3.6Gbps stream to a moving vehicle, and Nokia, Alphabet, and Qualcomm exploring the potential of a private 3.5GHz LTE network. Broadly speaking, next-gen vehicles are going to have a number of different wireless requirements. First off, in-car media consumption will require a data pipe to provide audio and video content to in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems, as well as the packets to power the IVI’s navigation systems. As such, the MNOs are in the midst of trying to prove to automakers that…

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