5G to be launched by 2020

13th May 2013

Whilst 4G is still being launched in the UK, and is yet to be launched in other parts of the world such as China, Samsung has announced it has carried out successful tests on core technology that will allow the delivery of ultra high-speed 5G wireless data.

The Korean electronics supergiant has made the bold claim that it can deliver this new technology to consumers by the year 2020.  Apparently it is “hundreds of times” faster than the latest 4G wireless services, and will eventually allow users to download an entire movie in one second.

Tests carried out saw a transmission of over 1GB per second over a distance of 2 kilometres, using a 28GHz frequency.  In a statement, Samsung claimed that the breakthrough – once commercialised – would allow users to download data “without limitation”, including on services such as 3D movies and games, real-time streaming of ultra high-definition (UHD) movies and remote medical services.

It is believed that the Koreans were able to achieve this by using 64 antenna elements, which harnessed millimetre-wave bands – a previous sticking point for current technology.  It overcame the previous “unfavourable propagation characteristics” that prevented data travelling across long distances using these bands.

South Korea is already leagues ahead of the rest of the world in terms of its data technology.  The country already has around 20 million users of 4G services, and by far the fastest and most reliable super-fast broadband infrastructure on the planet.  Samsung itself meanwhile has become the leading mobile phone manufacturer, smashing nearest competition Apple with its range of smartphones, including the latest Galaxy S4, which harnesses eye-movement technology to control various functions.


Robin James