ITU: 5G networks will provide speeds of up to 20Gbps

ITU: 5G networks will provide speeds of up to 20Gbps
Although 4G LTE-A has yet to become the standard at the global level despite massively gaining popularity in developed markets, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is already working at defining the specifications for the next step in mobile communications. 

Between June 10th and 18th, 12 delegates debated on the specifications to be established for the upcoming 5G network standard. The ITU has decided that 5G networks will have a peak speed of 20Gbps, or 20 times the peak speed specification of 4G LTE networks, which stands at 1Gbps. 

One thing to bear in mind is that these are theoretical max speeds, and that the first 5G networks will likely reach much lower peak speeds. At the moment, the fastest LTE standard is LTE Cat 9, which provides peak speeds of up to 300Mbps, well below the 1Gbps speed specification of 4G networks. What this means is that while crazy transfer speeds are to be expected, 5G subscribers will not be able to download an ultra high-definition movie in just a second, which is what a download speed of 20Gbps would mean if put into practice.

5G networks will also be built with internet-of-things (IoT) devices in mind, as the ITU has established that 5G networks will be able to cater to more than 1 million IoT devices inside a 1 square kilometre radius at an average speed of above 100Mbps. 

If you're in favor of formal naming schemes, the ITU proposed 5G to be referred to as IMT-2020, but the final vote on the matter will take place in October. The 4G network standard is referred to as IMT-Advanced, while the 3G standard was referred to as IMT-2000.

The ITU expects the first commercial 5G networks to start opening for business in 2020, although a working example is being prepared for the upcoming 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Games.

source: KoreaTimes



1. bucky

Posts: 3791; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

The speeds mean nothing if the price is so high and caps are so low still. A crappy 1-6gbs per month is useless at $80+.

11. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

(Unlimited with 3 UK (first 5Gb 4G/LTE the rest HSPA(+))

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18. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

hopefully by 2020, most companies provide reasonable unlimited plans or very high gb plans. The industry has already begin to change

2. chunky1x

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

This is crap. What is the point of high speed connection if your network just cap your data to death!?!?

3. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Well caps will most likely slowly increase over time to scale with average use of internet

12. Simona unregistered

to run out your data allowance EVEN faster that you can pay them more money bcos ppl ar not careful and they going over limit

4. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

I'd be happy with fast 4g. I can't even get half the speed that 4g is capable of yet

5. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Who care about 5g make 4G LTE or even 4G more wide spread first. and jesus cut the costs of it. and Wtf are you guys using over 5 GBS a month on? I have 500MB only and it lasts me ._.

7. JMartin22

Posts: 2372; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

YouTube, Web browsing, music streaming, playing certain games that need a persistent Internet connection, data-consumption background tasks from the likes of social media applications. I don't know how you can even use your phone for the whole month and do any of these things without hitting that little meagre threshold.

10. TezzaBP

Posts: 274; Member since: May 18, 2015

It's quite easy actually lol, well it is when you're in school and mostly use your Wi-Fi over mobile internet, I don't even have 4G, just 3G

16. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

3 days left and And im at 490 out of 500 MB. TBH yea its limited as hell and if i Had more god knows i would use more. I Youtube with WI-FI, web browsing.. mostly wifi sometimes data. I only use FB occassiionally so thats not a huge drain and my musics on my SD card so no real streaming there. My Whatsapp is my communicator tho and stuppid people putting videos in their messages is the only reason im running out

19. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

500MB wouldn't even last me 2-3 days when i am out and about

22. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I've used 50gb before. 500mb and less means you just receive notifications and maybe GPS. That could be done over 3G no problem. LTE and 5G see ideal usage when streaming or mobile MMO games. I do agree it should be more widespread though. If we can get LTE spread out enough tot the point where we can omit 2G/3G radios from our phones. Less radios=less power.

23. GreenZone

Posts: 146; Member since: Mar 04, 2014

I only spent 500mb only when I lived in a cave

6. devonblue4u

Posts: 68; Member since: Apr 12, 2011

My 6 gig plan would be gone in milliseconds and my phone would fill in 1.5, so what was the point here?

8. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

And I don't even use 3G

13. Simona unregistered

jeezus u joking

21. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

No, I don't need to be connected 24h a day :)

24. Simona unregistered

mine OP doesn't even support 2G ... only 3G and 4G ..

9. pmsap

Posts: 105; Member since: May 26, 2015

People, wake up. This is for 2020. Int he meantime, they would "only" improve the implementation of 4g.

15. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

We haven't even maximized 3G yet and 4G is still in its kiddie stage.

17. Tizo101

Posts: 572; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

I'm so happy that I have WiFi at school.

20. bambamboogy02

Posts: 840; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Unlimited with VZW. Bring on 5G.

25. Mfa901

Posts: 291; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

I have 200 mb left for next 20 days... :p

26. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

Simona love your dual cores !!!

27. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

With 3gb a month I have more than enough

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