Samsung announces first 5G mobile wireless technology

By Jesse · 7 replies
May 13, 2013
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  1. Samsung Electronics announced today that it has developed the world’s first 5G mobile wireless technology. The technology operates in the millimeter-wave Ka bands for cellular communication, and provides data transmission several hundred times faster than existing 4G networks, said Samsung.

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  2. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,224

    Unless this is the only way to get 4K Ultra HD internet to our homes, then I don't see the point. Fiber Optics has been around since 1991 (I looked it up:), but it's only in a couple cities just in the last year or two because there's no real need for it and people probably wouldn't want to pay for it anyway. LTE is more than fast enough for any tablet/phone use, and with 5G speed you'd need a data plan for like 100GB or more to take advantage of it.

    Perhaps they'll use it in office buildings or in places where thousands of people might be using wireless together, like at a stadium.
  3. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,811   +472

    I think that this tech will help push data provision to be larger on mobile plans. We currently are being extorted by mobile data providers. The first provider who can start giving decent data limits for LTE or better is going to be extremely popular!
  4. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,670   +1,959

    Another short-sighted prognosis about 2020. The next year will be when 4K becomes cheap and ubiquitous. And shortly after that new tablet devices will appear, featuring 4K screens. Such devices will require 5G badly for live 4K video, as 4G LTE isn't suitable for it. In turn, this will propel 5G to the market quickly.

    I bet we will see 5G not later than in 2016, possibly even earlier.
  5. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,811   +472

    Biggest problem we have locally is the speed of development of mobile hardware that supports the new mobile standards. Decent LTE support is still not available. The SGS4 is just released and doesn't support all possible LTE bands. The LTE network is still not even half complete in the country either (Australia). South Korea has a different model and that supports even less bands. It's just a mess.

    2016 would be amazing but mobile phone hardware manufacturers and mobile network infrastructure designers really need a big kick up the backside and get moving to get to that sort of target.
  6. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,670   +1,959

    Yes, the faster technology comes to market the more the underlying infrastructure lags behind. It is inevitable, but it won't stop the pioneering products making the headlines.

    The way that 4K TV-s are selling today without much contents to watch is one good example of that. And there wasn't much of 4G LTE network in place when the first supporting products hit the market.
  7. Is it really several hundred times faster than 4G? I don't think so.
    Can 28 GHz transmit to 2 Km and still have signal strength enough for receiver?
  8. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,811   +472

    Being able to buy a 4K TV for $1300 will help change that...

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