Samsung Announces 5G Wireless Technology

Samsung Announces 5G Wireless Technology

Samsung has announced its next-generation 5G wireless mobile technology that is touted to be several hundred times faster than existing 4G networks in terms of data transmission. Currently in testing, Samsung's new 5G technology operates in the millimeter-wave Ka bands for cellular communication.

(Image Source: Samsung Electronics)

Samsung's 5G mobile communications technology is the next generation of the current 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology. 5G is expected to be available by 2020; however,  its implementation has hit roadblocks in the past because of its required broad band of frequencies for operation. According to Samsung, the millimeter-wave Ka bands don't travel well over extended distances due to their unfavorable propagation characteristics.

Samsung has overcome this issue with its new adaptive array transceiver technology, which uses sixty four antenna elements to overcome radio propagation loss. The transceiver technology transmits data in the millimeter-wave band at a frequency of 28GHz, at a speed of up to 1.056 Gbps covering distances of up to 2 kilometers. Its operating frequency is much higher than the 4G LTE services of our local mobile operators as they operate in the 1.8- to 2.6GHz frequency range.

Samsung aims to invigorate research into 5G cellular communications worldwide and will trigger the creation of international alliances and the timely commercialization of related mobile broadband services for ultra high-definition (UHD) and 3D content "practically without limitation." It will be a long wait for the advent of 5G services to our shores, so in the meantime, do check out our review of local 4G LTE networks.

(Source: Samsung Electronics)

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