Samsung Electronics is said to have developed the core technology for 5G wireless networks, after it managed to successfully transmit data at a speed of 1 gigabits per second (Gpbs).
Yonhap News Agency reported Sunday the South Korean electronics giant had cracked the 5G network conundrum for the first time, as it looks to offer services which would allow users to download and upload data at speeds of up to over 10Gbps by 2020. In other words, offering consumers the ability to download an entire movie in less than a second, it said.
Its confidence comes from the successful trial of using the 28 gigahertz (GHz) bandwidth to transfer data at a speed of 1Gpbs.The key was in using 64 antenna elements that allowed the device to exchange real-time signals with the 5G network platform, it explained.
By comparison, 4G LTE networks data transfer speed only reaches 75 megabits per second (Mbps), the report noted.
The development of 5G is of keen global interest. The United Kingdom, for one, had in April taken its first steps toward introducing the next-generation network when regulator Ofcom initiated a "call for input" from the industry to look into ways of clearing the 700MHz spectrum band, possibly for the use of 5G data services.