According to news feeds from the company sources, they have developed an ultra fast wireless technology that it has unofficially calling the "5G".
Still under testing, the technology is looking to incorporate newer wireless protocols with better design modules catering to spectrum sharing schemes and speedy transmissions. Reportedly, Samsung's team started rolling out its testers in New York City. The new transmitters promise to work at speeds faster than a gigabit per second, spanning over a 2 km radius. And this is almost 75 megabits per second than the latest known standards- the 4G LTE.
Last summer, an academic lab part of the Polytechnic Institute of New York, called as the NYU Wireless undertook performance tests for what is being dubbed as the millimeter-wave cellular technology. How it performed in cluttered environs seamlessly well up to a range of 200 meters left most people baffled. Theodore Rappoprt, a Samsung representative shares that "A lot of people have the same reaction: ‘How can it work?’. But we showed that it can be done. Our measurements have helped give Samsung and the rest of the wireless industry confidence that (28-gigahertz) wireless is viable."
Skepticism is ripe on the workability of the technology in long range communications. Even Virginia Tech's Jeff Reeds expressed similar concerns. "I am sceptical that they will be able to deliver high data rates with the mobility that we have become accustomed to with 2G, 3G, and 4G cellular systems. Meanwhile, we still have plenty of room to improve 4G systems that operate at more favourable lower frequency ranges".
While 5G promises to leap ahead of the existing technology, the existing features have been incorporated. What is possibly new is the implementation of a "carrier aggregation" or the ability to use multiple frequencies simultaneously. Besides this, the use of Samsung's antennas and signal processing systems are sure to boost the operability with increased bandwidth. This can surely help streamline traffic from unlicensed sources-especially domestic WiFi sources. The catch is to develop the small cell transmitters.
All of this seems a lot like some surreal tech talk. To put it in a nutshell, whether Samsung comes up with the technology officially or not by its 2020 deadline, it surely is a great road ahead for delivering data in a technologically safer and quicker manner.
Technology talks aside, what is important to think right now as per Cambridge based Vanu Bose is "Are faster cellular data speeds really what we need, or would we be better served if 5G improved what cellular standards do better than Wi-Fi, which is wide area mobility and seamless connectivity?"
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You can view the details of the technology in a patent filed by Samsung in 2010.
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