Late last year, it looked as if Samsung Electronics India had shown up too late to join India’s 5G race. Not just that, it picked the wrong vehicle too.

To a roomful of technocrats in Delhi, Samsung showed how its 5G tech in Korea was able to handoff signals between two base stations in a train speeding at 190 km/hour.

Firstly, delivering 100 Mbps on a train wasn’t really India’s leading use case to upgrade from 4G to 5G. And more importantly, Samsung’s Chinese rivals had demoed 5G speeds in trains running 300-400 km/hour at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) meetings over the past year.


Seema Singh

Seema has over two decades of experience in journalism. Before starting The Ken, Seema wrote “Myth Breaker: Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw and the Story of Indian Biotech”, published by HarperCollins in May 2016. Prior to that, she was a senior editor and bureau chief for Bangalore with Forbes India, and before that she wrote for Mint. Seema has written for numerous international publications like IEEE-Spectrum, New Scientist, Cell and Newsweek. Seema is a Knight Science Journalism Fellow from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a MacArthur Foundation Research Grantee.

View Full Profile

Sign up to our India edition to read this story instantly

To sign up, you’ll create an account that will give you access to a new free story published once a week and archive of 214+ previously published free stories from our India edition. You’ll also receive one email every morning from us introducing the day’s story.

If you’ve already signed up, just enter your email below or login using Facebook or Google.