Samsung aims for 5G by 2020

Samsung aims for 5G by 2020

The South Korean electronics firm, Samsung, has claimed to have developed the core of the technology needed for what it hopes will become the foundation of a 5G network.

Researchers at the company say that the new technology has managed to reach download speeds of 1Gbps during testing, and could potentially reach even faster speeds once it becomes more refined.

To put it into context, such a speed would mean a user could download a large movie or film in a matter of seconds.

Such a step in technology would therefore understandably have a great amount of potential for many businesses, especially those looking to deploy a successful mobile device management strategy.

Samsung has already set its sights on rolling out the new network by 2020, and claims that such immense speeds would be reachable within a distance of 2km.

In a statement, the company said that the new facilities would rely on the implementation of a broad band of frequencies, and said that the current set-up has limitations.

It has since claimed that its development is the world's first adaptive array transceiver, and is capable of transmitting data within the current millimetre-wave band at frequency of around 28GHz.

The technology works by utilising 64 antennas, and has also been touted as a viable solution to the problem of overcoming the loss of radio propagation that can sometimes occur at millimetre-wave bands.

Samsung is hoping it can speed up the level of research and development of the new network, and has already managed to secure cash from investors in China and across the European Union.

The hunt to find a method of creating 5G is by no means anything new, and some people involved in previous research projects have claimed that any widespread introduction of a 5G network will require more research.

Shahram Niri, who has also conducted research into the possibilities of 5G at the University of Surrey, told the Guardian: "What Samsung has done has touched on one of the areas relating to antennas, and with that achieved a higher data rate – but this is just one of many methods being examined to increase it."