Samsung to offer 5G services by 2020, reports of exceeding 1Gbps in downlink data transfer tests
Although 4G technology or LTE (Long Term Evolution) is still quite new and exciting, research has been going on full throttle to bring in newer, faster and more reliable wireless data transfer technology as early as possible all across the globe. Based on news reports, Samsung has been tinkering with as many as 64 coordinated antennas in order to get collective wireless download speeds of 1 Gbps (Giga Bits Per Second) on a single device.
Technology which extends beyond the 4G standards is quite flexibly grouped under the 5G umbrella. It doesn’t have any specific requirements or standards, but let us take a look at some defining characteristics of ongoing 5G data transfer technology research:
Using concurrent wireless networks based on different technologies like 3G, 4G, 5G, WiFi etc. to offer more stable, reliable and faster data transfer speeds. 5G is expected to provide multiple concurrent paths, thus maximizing the benefits of pervasive networks.
Finding a solution to the low transfer speed problem faced by users located between several base stations, such that no individual station can offer a high bit rate connection. Using Group Cooperative Relay or Beam Division Multiple Access (BDMA) is the best bet in tackling the issue through 5G technology. Essentially, instead of a 100 Mbps connection with a single station, you would be offered 4x25Mbps connections by 4 different stations (or 40, 30, 20, 10 for that matter!), and the data you send or receive would not be broken due to the division. This field of research seems to be a bit daunting, but let’s hope for the best!
Smart radio technology, which would enable dynamic adaptation of transmission systems in order to operate with multiple radio technologies based on software defined radio management.
Dynamic IPv6 allocation and AdHoc Wireless Networks along with World wide Wireless Web (WWWW) and flawless wireless connectivity with no access and zone issues are some of the most essential aspects of the future 5G technology. Making the networks User or cell phone developer centric rather than operator or system developer initiated, and drastically reducing the energy expenditure in operating the networks are other major objectives of the ongoing research.
Samsung Electronics declared on May 12, 2013 that they have developed the very first “5G” system in the world. While the core technology was designed to offer tens of Gbps, the tests conducted so far have only just crossed the 1 Gbps mark over a 2 kilometers range. Seems as if Samsung is well on its way to uncovering full fledged 5G network services by 2020!
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