Samsung Electronics says it has achieved a download speed of 7,5Gbit/s using future fifth-generation (5G) mobile broadband technology that is still in the early stages of development. At the same time, the Korean company claims it has managed a stable 1,2Gbit/s connection while travelling at over 100km/h. Those speeds equate to 940MB/s and 150MB/s respectively.
To test 5G speeds while moving, Samsung used a vehicle racing at high speeds on a 4,4km professional outdoor race track.
The new speeds are a seven-fold increase over results from May 2013, when the company achieved 1Gbit/s transmission speeds over a prototype 5G network.
Before consumers get too excited, though, it must be noted that 5G technologies are still in early development and are unexpected to be deployed commercially for several years yet. Previous generation 4G/LTE are still in the early stages of deployment.
Both the stationary and mobile 5G tests were done using a 28GHz network, which has a short communication range. “However, Samsung overcame these obstacles through the company’s own hybrid adaptive array technology, which uses millimetre wave frequency bands to enable the use of higher frequencies over greater distances,” the company said in a statement.
“While the 5G standard has yet to be ratified, 5G networks are expected to offer data transmission rates that are tens, if not hundreds, of times greater than 4G/LTE.” — (c) 2014 NewsCentral Media