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May 13, 2013

A Breakthrough in 5G Mobile Technology is Claimed by Samsung

As of today, 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) is widely used in most parts of the world. The reason that it is not used in all parts of the world is because rollout of the technology is going slowly. The U.K. is looking to have 98 percent of the population covered by 2014. Other countries in Europe such as Germany, France and Belgium have networks running in a number of key cities.

However, we are already becoming a world that needs to be connected all the time and everywhere. People use their mobile devices to do just about everything. Keeping this in mind, you have to realize that even though only about 98 percent of the U.S. has a reliable 4G LTE network in place, it won’t be fast enough.

Samsung Electronics comes to the rescue. They recently announced that a breakthrough has been made in the development of fifth generation or 5G networks. The time from breakthrough to actually being a usable service is still several years away, however.

5G (fifth generation mobile networks or fifth generation wireless systems) is currently a term used in some research papers and projects to denote the next major phase of mobile telecommunications standards. These go beyond the current 4G LTE Advanced standards. 5G does not describe any particular specification in any official document published by any telecommunication standardization body.

Samsung has said that it found a way to transmit large volumes of data using a higher frequency band than the current conventional ones. According to Korea's Yonhap News Agency, Samsung has successfully tested its 5G network with 1Gbps speed with the potential of going up to 10Gbps.This would allow users to send and receive enormous data files at faster than 4G speeds through their mobile devices.

Back in February, I reported that the European Union (EU) has set aside 50 million Euros ($65.4 million) devoted to delivering 5G mobile technology by the year 2020. Around the same time, Broadcom announced that its 5G Wi-Fi technology had been chosen to power HTC’s flagship smartphone the HTC One.

Samsung’s goal is also to have its 5G mobile technology commercialized by 2020. As I mentioned above, there are still many areas that do not have 4G networks in place yet. In fact, Nokia recently made available the Asha 501, which runs on the 2G network. That is because there are areas in India as well as other parts of the world where 2G networks are used.

So what would you use a 5G network for? You would be able to transmit huge data files at lightning speeds, as Samsung says, “practically without limitations.” Construction workers could certainly use this if they needed updated blueprints. The medical field could absolutely use this to immediately receive medical files.

Who do you think will be the largest group of users for lightning speed downloads? As Samsung sees it, “users would be able to send super-high-definition movie files in a matter of seconds.” In this fast moving world where every second counts, downloading that movie could be a matter of life or death!

Samsung went on to say, “The competition for technology leadership in next-generation mobile communications development is getting increasingly fierce. It will trigger the creation of international alliances and the timely commercialization of related mobile broadband services.”

Edited by Alisen Downey

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