Samsung is claiming to have cracked 4G, while most of the mobile industry
couldn't tell you what it is yet.
The electronics giant planned to demonstrate the high-speed
technology at the Samsung 4G Forum, which runs through Friday on Jeju
Island, South Korea. Using a specially adapted bus, the company promises
wireless speeds of 100Mbps (megabits per second). The company also said it
planned to demonstrate a handover between cells at up to 60 kilometers per hour.
Fixed speeds for technology will be even greater, getting up to 1Gbps
(gigabits per second)--that is, 50 times faster than the current next-generation
hype generator, mobile WiMax. Samsung planned to showcase the
bandwidth-bloated technology by using it to download 32 high-definition
broadcast TV channels, as well as maintaining Internet access and video
No one at Samsung was available to comment on which standards will be used
for the supercharged connectivity, although the company has in the past referred
to Sprint Nextel's WiMax network as 4G. According to the International
Telecommunication Union, the definition of 4G involves attaining speeds of 1Gbps
when stationary and 100Mbps on the move.
NTT DoCoMo, Japan's largest mobile operator, is planning to launch a
commercial 4G network in 2010 and has already piloted VSF-OFCDM and VSF-CDMA
technologies. It has also boasted hitting 1Gbps downloads in 2004, using SF-Spread
OFDM and Mimo (multiple input multiple output) technologies.
Samsung expects 4G to get its official launch in 2010.
Jo Best of Silicon.com reported from London.