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South Korea Created: 15 May 2013
Samsung claims 5G breakthrough
New technology paves the way for movie downloads in less than a second, Samsung claims.
Despite the fact that major countries including the UK and China have yet to complete their 4G mobile phone network roll-out, South Korean Samsung claims its new technology could offer “ubiquitous” access to ultra high-speed networks operating at 100 times current speeds and offering regular gigabit access.
5G networks could allow “a wide range of services such as 3D movies and games, real-time streaming of ultra high-definition content, and remote medical services,” Samsung claimed in a blog post.
The ‘mmWave Mobile Technology’ is the first system that claims to be fully fledged, although research into 5G has been going on in laboratories around the world for some time. Last year, Britain’s University of Surrey announced £35m funding for a research centre back by Huawei, Samsung, Fujitsu, Telefonica and others.
Up to now, however, scientists have believed that high-frequency wavebands were generally not suitable for long-range communications required by mobile networks.
“The implementation of a high-speed 5G cellular network requires a broad band of frequencies, much like an increased water flow requires a wider pipe,” said Samsung. “While it was a recognized option, it has been long believed that the millimeter-wave bands had limitations in transmitting data over long distances due to its unfavorable propagation characteristics.”
While current 4G networks in the UK use bands as low as 800MHz, Samsung’s new research has concentrated at much higher frequencies and the company claims it has worked over distances up to 2km.
“Samsung’s new adaptive array transceiver technology has proved itself as a successful solution,” the company claims. “It transmits data in the millimeter-wave band at a frequency of 28 GHz at a speed of up to 1.056 Gbps to a distance of up to 2 kilometers. The adaptive array transceiver technology, using 64 antenna elements, can be a viable solution for overcoming the radio propagation loss at millimeter-wave bands, much higher than the conventional frequency bands ranging from several hundred MHz to several GHz.”
A commercially available 5G network is not anticipated until after 2020, although Samsung claims it is aiming to have commercialised 5G by then. Its focus on mobile infrastructure technologies could mark a new plan to challenge the dominance of companies such as Huawei in this area.
“Samsung’s latest innovation is expected to invigorate research into 5G cellular communications across the world,” Samsung claimed. “The company believes it will trigger the creation of international alliances and the timely commercialization of related mobile broadband services.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/samsung/10053221/Samsung-claims-5G-breakthrough.html

5G: who needs it?
Samsung's breakthrough may be years away, but 5G can’t come soon enough in town and country says Matt Warman
In a pub last week, the best way I could connect to the internet was to turn off wifi, get out of the BT Openzone blackspot, and switch to a 4G mobile phone signal. For a business round the corner, the owners had found that 4G was faster than their broadband, too.
We’re living in a soup of different connectivity options, where 3G can sometimes be available, 4G is in some places, and wifi, often installed as a way of getting online where previously there was no option, often acts as a barrier thanks to the tortuous process of logging in to the different options. And there are still large chunks of the country, often those where a web connection would make the most impact, where broadband of any kind is a distant dream.
Today Samsung claims that 5G will be with us by 2020. It claims that from within 2km of a mast, 1GB download speeds would be perfectly possible.
Thus far, this has all happened in a lab, but with 5G, however, there’s the theoretical promise of two things: where it is at its best, it would offer connectivity at speeds that are almost unprecedented anywhere in today’s UK. But it’s the promised ‘ubiquity’ that is more tempting. That could yet be more transformative, especially in rural areas.
5G networks could allow “a wide range of services such as 3D movies and games, real-time streaming of ultra high-definition content, and remote medical services,” Samsung claimed in a blog post.
What the promise of 5G demonstrates is that we may yet manage to stop thinking about connectivity – the end of the idea of an awkward conversation mostly consisting of saying “I’m on the train” thanks to intermittent reception,
There will be those who ask why we need such fast reception, just as there are those who wonder why we need fibre to every house for broadband: the answer is two-fold. First, because countries such as China are already doing it and it is vital Britain continues to compete. But secondly, because without such freedom from the constraints imposed by infrastructure, we leave ourselves little freedom to innovate. The services of the future will only happen on the intrastructure of the future – we must sort out the problems we have today, with 3G and 4G and wifi too – but 5G can’t come soon enough.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/broadband/10054274/5G-who-needs-it.html
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Source: Agnes Ingvarsdottir.

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