Although the existing 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network is yet to become the mainstream, Samsung has already started working on the next level.
Samsung have developed the world’s first adaptive array transceiver technology which operates in the millimeter-wave Ka bands for mobile devices, and according to Samsung this new technology will sit at the core of 5G.
5G mobile communications technology is the next generation of the existing 4G Long Term Evolution (4G/LTE) network technology.
5G will be capable of providing a ubiquitous Gbps experience to subscribers anywhere and offers data transmission speeds of up to several tens of Gbps per base station.
Based on the millimetre-wave Ka radiofrequency bands and using an adaptive array of transceivers, Sasmung’s technology promises to bring 5G mobile broadband to users sooner than expected.
Also with it data transmission speeds several hundred times faster than currently possible using 4G networks like that offered by mobile network EE.
While 4G networks speed up standard downloads to about 13 minutes, subscribers of the new service would be able to download massive data files “practically without limitation”, enabling almost instantaneous access to games and 3D movies or the ability to stream ultra high-definition programs in real-time.
Samsung has it said is capable of transmitting 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 KM.
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, says Samsung Tomorrow.
Samsung announced the breakthrough after tests in which data was transmitted at speeds of more than one gigabit per second over a distance of up to two kilometres.
However, analysts warned that faster downloads may mean bigger bills and raised health fears that new high powered broadcasts will fuel so-called “electronic smog”.
“The millimetre-wave band is the most effective solution to recent surges in wireless internet usage,” Chang-Yeong Kim, executive vice president of Samsung Electronics, said of the research.
“Samsung’s recent success in developing the adaptive array transceiver technology has brought us one step closer to the commercialisation of 5G mobile communications in the millimetre-wave bands.”
A commercially available 5G network is not anticipated until after 2020, although Samsung claims it is aiming to have commercialised 5G by then. Its focus on mobile infrastructure technologies could mark a new plan to challenge the dominance of companies such as Huawei in this area.
“Samsung’s latest innovation is expected to invigorate research into 5G cellular communications across the world,” Samsung claimed.
“The company believes it will trigger the creation of international alliances and the timely commercialization of related mobile broadband services.”
Samsung is not the only company to foray into the 5G technology. Japan’s NTT DoCoMo reportedly confirmed in February that it had successfully conducted a 10Gbps wireless test in Ishigaki in December last year.
In addition, Chinese government established a “IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group” for 5G research in February 2012, while the European Commission also plans to invest €50 million in 2013 to introduce 5G services to the market by 2020, reports the IBTimes.