Samsung announces 5G data breakthrough

May 13, 2013
People visit the Samsung stand at the Mobile World congress in Barcelona on February 25, 2013. Samsung said Monday it had successfully tested super-fast 5G wireless technology that would eventually allow users to download an entire movie in one second.

Samsung Electronics said Monday it had successfully tested super-fast fifth-generation (5G) wireless technology that would eventually allow users to download an entire movie in one second.

The South Korean giant said the test had witnessed data transmission of more than one gigabyte per second over a distance of two kilometres.

The new technology, which will not be ready for the commercial market before 2020 at the earliest, would offer transmitting speeds "up to several hundred times faster" than existing 4G networks, it said in a statement.

That will permit users to "transmit files including high quality digital movies practically without limitation", it said.

"As a result, subscribers will be able to enjoy a wide range of services such as 3D movies and games, real-time streaming of ultra high-definition (UHD) content, and remote medical services," it added.

Samsung said it had found a way to harness millimeter-wave bands which have proved to be a sticking point for the mobile industry to date.

The test used 64 , which the tech titan said overcame the issue of "unfavourable propagation characteristics" that have prevented data travelling across using the bands.

One of the most wired countries on earth, South Korea already has around 20 million 4G users.

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1 / 5 (9) May 13, 2013
I call BS. Why? NO connection is faster than the severs you are interfacing. No matter the hype.
Now, if the entire network was "5G" then you might be able to attain such speeds but that means all components would be 5G capable. Period. Not going to happen anywhere soon except in a proof of concept lab.
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5 / 5 (8) May 13, 2013
Not going to happen anywhere soon except in a proof of concept lab.

You might have missed this part:
The new technology, which will not be ready for the commercial market before 2020 at the earliest...

5 / 5 (1) May 13, 2013
I'm wondering about anticipated cost. Also, scalability. And how well it performs in difficult environments, like urban areas, and indoors.
3 / 5 (2) May 13, 2013
Streuth. First a famine and then a flood.
Does someone want to bring up Shannon's Law?
The data rate varies with the frequency. I guess that is why they are using mm wavelengths and a bristle of antennae. I guess that each antenna is tuned to a different frequency.
I wish them well.
1.7 / 5 (6) May 13, 2013
why not keep working and develop 10G by the next ten years. Instead of migrating by one generation a decade, we hope we can skip right ahead to 10G by then :)
2 / 5 (9) May 13, 2013
Because they need to milk each generation for all it's worth first.
5 / 5 (3) May 13, 2013
According to Samsung's website it's one gigabit per second, not gigabyte, 1/8th the speed advertised in this article. Physorg should know better.

Source: http://global.sam...?p=24093
at a speed of up to 1.056 Gbps