While the world is working in upgrading their wireless network to 4G and plenty of areas in technologically developed countries still don’t have even 3G, Samsung is already working on a 5G mobile broadband successor that could deliver up to 1 Gbps in speed tests.
Korean’s Yonhap news agency reported that “Samsung Electronics said it has successfully tested the platform using the 28 Gigahertz (GHz) waveband to transmit data at a speed of 1 Gbps, which earlier had been considered as a conundrum by global industry players.”
The successful trial was using the 28 gigahertz (GHz) bandwidth to transfer data at a speed of 1Gbps. In comparison, 4G LTE networks data transfer speed only reaches 75 megabits per second (Mbps). A total of 64 antennas that allowed the device to exchange real-time signals with the 5G network platform were used to achieve this speed. While the early Samsung test achieved 1 Gbps speeds, 5G can go up to tens of gigabits per second, a huge improvement over 4G LTE, which delivers speeds in the Mbps range.
Samsung’s testing was done under ideal lab conditions, so the real world speed of 5G may vary. However, consumers will look forward the technology, given that the speeds are still many times faster than 4G LTE speeds currently.
Samsung isn’t the only one currently testing 5G data, with NTT DoCoMo announcing a few months ago that it too had performed successful tests of its own fifth generation technology. It claimed to have achieved 10Gbps using a car full of antennas utilizing the 400MHz spectrum.
The 5G is expected to come in around 2020, so we will have to upgrade our device if we wish to take advantage of 5G speeds in few years time later. 5G will require an investment on the carrier side to upgrade the infrastructure, towers, and equipment, and consumers will likely have to buy new phones that will be compatible with the 5G protocol.