5G network breakthrough?

With 4G mobile phone network roll-out patchy at best in the UK, the idea of 5G might seem pie in the sky.

But Samsung claim to have made a breakthrough in 'mmWave Mobile Technology' which could offer speeds 100x what is currently available, making streaming of HD content an everyday possibility.

In an official blog post the South Korean company explained:

"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. 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.

However, Samsung’s new adaptive array transceiver technology has proved itself as a successful solution. 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."

The European Commission plans to invest 50 million Euros in 2013 to bring 5G services to the market by the end of this decade.

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