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As wireless carriers around the globe continue their 4G LTE rollout, researchers and industry heavyweights have already turned their attention to next generation wireless implementations.
Samsung's research and development arm, for example, created its 5G mobile wireless technology well over a year ago and have been testing and optimizing it ever since. The company recently put it to the test and achieved what it calls an industry-best speed record.
In a stationary environment, Samsung clocked 7.5Gbps, or 940MB per second, which is the fastest-ever 5G stationary data transmission rate. In a mobile environment (a vehicle traveling at over 100km/h or a little over 62 MPH), the team was able to achieve an uninterrupted and stable connection of 1.2Gbps, or 150MB per second.
Both tests were conducted over a 28GHz 5G network. As Samsung points out, the industry as a whole has avoided higher frequencies such as 28GHz despite speed-related benefits due to range limitations. The Korean tech giant has been able to overcome this, however by using their own Hybrid Adaptive Array Technology which uses millimeter wave frequency bands to enable the use of higher frequencies over greater distances.
In a statement on the matter, ChangYeong Kim, Head of DMC R&D Center at Samsung Electronics, said they will continue to build upon these milestones and develop advanced technologies that contribute to the 5G standard.
It's no doubt impressive work but realistically, consumer 5G wireless implementations are still several years away.