With 4G firmly entrenched as the newest generation of mobile broadband, the wireless industry is actively working on and defining the next generation of wireless – 5G. Samsung recently revealed some results of their 5G research and development efforts, shedding some light onto what capabilities 5G could eventually offer.
In some recent tests, Samsung achieved an industry-best 7.5 Gbps (gigabits per second)/940 Mbps (megabytes per second) wireless broadband speed record in a stationary environment while also reaching an industry-first by achieving “an uninterrupted 1.2 Gbps/150 Mbps 5G connection while traveling in a vehicle at over 100km/h (~62 mi/h),” according to a company press release.
Samsung says there's more to come. “We will continue to build upon these milestones and develop advanced technologies that contribute to the 5G standard,” ChangYeong Kim, head of DMC R&D Center at Samsung Electronics, was quoted in the news release.
“In addition to leveraging our own global R&D capabilities, we will also continue to cooperate with other industry leaders and research centers across the world. Whether you are talking about mobile devices, the cloud, or the Internet of Things, the demand for 5G telecommunications standard and its supporting technologies will continue to grow.”
Samsung's stationary speed record was also the first successful test of 5G wireless broadband conducted outdoors. The moving 5G connection was set in a vehicle traveling on a professional, 4.35km outdoor race track.
Though no 5G industry standard has been established yet, the next-gen wireless telecoms technology is expected to deliver data at tens, if not hundreds, of times faster than 4G LTE. Samsung notes. Samsung employed its Hybrid Adaptive Array Technology in achieving the 5G records. Samsung's Adaptive Array Technology uses millimeter wave frequency bands to make use of higher frequencies over longer distances, the company explains.
Contributing to establishing a 5G industry standard, Samsung most recently proposed its 5G Rainbow technology to other industry members. 5G Rainbow offers a solid foundation for 5G, offering maximum data rate, spectral efficiency, speed of mobility, and data transmission rate at the cell boundary,” while also resolving technical issues such as “the number of simultaneous connections, communication delays, and cost,” Samsung elaborated.