Samsung Unveils Futuristic 5G Mobile Technology

by Matt Klassen on May 20, 2013

With advanced 4G LTE only just arriving on the scene, Samsung has shocked the mobile world with the announcement that it has successfully developed the world’s first next generation 5G wireless technology.

As the company’s official blog explains, Samsung has created the “first adaptive array transceiver technology operating in the millimetre-wave Ka bands for cellular communications.” While utilizing millimetre-wave bands has long been recognized as a possible option for advancing wireless network technology, it was thought to be inferior due to its “unfavourable propagation characteristics,” or simply put, unusable due to how radio waves behave at this frequency.

However Samsung has claimed to have overcome these deficiencies with its new adaptive array transceiver technology, an advancement that the Korean tech giant says sits at the core of 5G wireless technology, providing “data transmission up to several hundred times faster than current 4G networks.” [Italics mine]

To meet the ever-increasing data demands of the mobile world, next generation wireless solutions such as a high-speed 5G cellular network will require a broad band of available frequencies, Samsung explains, much like a wider pipe is needed to increase water flow. As mentioned, while millimetre-wave bands are not some new magical source of wireless bandwidth, they have long been thought to be inferior because of the difficulty radio waves, and thus data transmissions, have at this frequency.

However, the company’s new adaptive array transceiver technology has allowed researchers to overcome the deficiencies of the millimetre-wave band, utilizing “64 different antenna elements” to solve the radio propagation loss, which in turn allows researchers to transmit data in the “millimetre-wave band at a frequency of 28 GHz at a speed of up to 1.056 Gbps to a distance of up to 2 kilometres.”

Given this recent breakthrough, Samsung has also announced its plans to accelerate the development of the array technology necessary for 5G wireless network deployment. But for those who think the future is here, don’t hold your breath, as the company has announced its projected deployment for this 5G technology is 2020, giving 4G network technology plenty of time to complete its rollout and become agonizingly slow, with lots of time leftover for us to once again crown the next iteration of wireless upgrades as the mobile saviour we’ve long been waiting for.

In the end, while its certainly exciting to hear about the developing future of wireless technology, and while we’re all shocked by claims that 5G will post network speeds several hundred times faster than current 4G LTE technology, just think how far along our technological needs and expectations will be in seven years, meaning when it arrives 5G will likely be a lot less futuristic and a lot less effective at meeting our exponentially increasing data demands.

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