Samsung cracks the 5G code, available to consumers by 2020

May 13, 2013
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If you’ve come to the conclusion that 4G LTE simply isn’t fast enough for you, you’re in luck. That is if you can wait until 2020. On Sunday, Samsung announced that it had developed a core technology of  the fifth-generation wireless network, hoping to bring even faster data speeds than 4G networks can provide.

The more stringent followers of wireless network technologies will remind us that 4G LTE isn’t even real 4G in the first place, and they’d be right, but even real 4G can not stand up to the might of this new technology.

The new wireless technology will enable customers to access a stream of data faster than the current fourth-generation network and download an entire movie in less than a second.
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Using 5G, users can reach upload and download speeds in the tens of gigabits per second (Gbps), compared to the rather meager in comparison, 75 megabit upload and 299 megabit downloads provided by 4G LTE.

Samsung said it cracked the 5G code using 28 Gigahertz waveband, allowing it to transmit data at a speed of 1 Gbps, an issue which had puzzled researchers before. The smartphone maker utilized 64 antenna elements to overcome the problem, allowing a device to exchange real-time signals.

This new development is sure to invigorate global development of 5G networking, as well as help create a standard for the platform. Some countries have already invested money in the creation of 5G networking and this new development is sure to accelerate the progress of wireless technology.

Is 4G LTE simply not fast enough for you? Or would you prefer to see existing technologies become more energy efficient? Let us know in the comments.

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