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Beamforming and bickering; wireless giants get to grips with automotive

The past week has seen two announcements that illustrate the cellular industry’s attempts to diversify into automotive applications. One was a demonstration of private LTE networks at a US race car track, using the CBRS band (see separate item). The other saw  Ericsson, SK Telecom, and BMW using prototype 5G technologies to demonstrate a 28GHz beamforming technique that could push a 3.6Gbps stream to a moving vehicle. 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. The MNOs are in the midst of trying to…

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