Samsung Electronics co. announced this Sunday that they have successfully developed the core technology behind 5G (fifth-generation) mobile network, and aim to enable users with the new service by 2020.
5G according to Wikipedia is the 5th generation wireless network system, a term used by research papers to denote the next major mobile telecommunications standard after the current generation 4G LTE standards. While there is no concrete definition of 5G, Samsung's under-development wireless network technology will enable end users to stream data faster than ever before, with entire movies downloaded in under a second. The new platform will enable mind blowing data transfer rates of:
- 10 gigabits per second (Gbps) download speeds, i.e. 1.25 GB/s
10 Gbps peak download speeds pales the current generation 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) technology in practice which offers 'only'
- 75 megabits per second (Mbps) upload speeds, i.e. 9.375 MB/s
We must keep in mind that the potential of LTE network hasn't yet been fully realized, with carriers in the US barely offering about 20 Mbps (a long way from 75 Mbps). Samsung Electronics successfully managed to transfer data at 1 Gbps using the 28 GHz (gigahertz) frequency band. Samsung's development of 5G will reportedly add vitality to globalization and also help make an international standard for the new platform. Countries such as China along with the EU (European Union) have been investing large sums of money into the development of this technology, as they hope to deploy the same as soon as the tech is ready.