Tech giant Samsung today announced what it says is a very significant step on the road toward 5G wireless, which "will be capable of providing a ubiquitous Gbps experience to subscribers anywhere and offers data transmission speeds of up to several tens of Gbps per base station."
It seems like just yesterday when 4G was in its infancy and the promise of 20Mbps download speeds or faster seemed like a pipedream. Cellular network technologies, they grow up so fast.
"Samsung Electronics announced that it has successfully developed the world’s first adaptive array transceiver technology operating in the millimeter-wave Ka bands for cellular communications. The new technology sits at the core of 5G mobile communications system and will provide data transmission up to several hundred times faster than current 4G networks…5G mobile communications technology is the next generation of the existing 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network technology. 5G will be capable of providing a ubiquitous Gbps experience to subscribers anywhere and offers data transmission speeds of up to several tens of Gbps per base station."
Several hundred times faster. Mmmmm. Ubiquitous Gbps experience. I like the sound of that.
Samsung says its new adaptive array transceiver technology transmits data in the millimeter-wave band at a frequency of 28 GHz at a speed of up to 1.056 Gbps to a distance of up to 2 kilometers.
Such data-transmission speeds would let users send and receive very large files and even stream ultra-high-definition (UHD) video in real-time, Samsung says.
The company plans to scale up related research, with the commercialization and widespread availability of 5G services expected in or around 2020. And its increased focus on 5G development will likely spark similar efforts from other interested parties. Last year, China formed its own government-led group for 5G research, and the European Commission is expected to spend 50 million euros this year on research and development, with the idea of bringing 5G services to the European Union by 2020, according to Samsung's press release.
It's also likely that we'll start seeing more 5G related advancements in the coming months and years. So while many of us are just getting used to 4G LTE, or preparing for the next-generation LTE Advanced technology, 5G is already on the horizon.