Samsung announces 2020 goal for 5G, hits 1Gbps in tests

Samsung announces 2020 goal for 5G, hits 1Gbps in tests
Tech firms are always looking ahead and while 4G LTE is all the rage these days, Korean giant Samsung has announced that 5G will be ready by 2020. In tests, Samsung was able to achieve 1Gbps speed, but it required 64 antennas to hit that mark. The tech giant conducted the test over the 28GHz waveband and exchanged real-time signals during the test. With 5G service, users will be able to download a feature film in less than a second with data speeds up to 10Gbps. That compares to 4G which offer speeds up to 75Mbps.

China and the EU both have been working on developing 5G standards and have been throwing money at the technology in hopes of  be able to write the international standards for the service. But no matter how much is thrown at 5G, it takes a tech company with the reach of Samsung to help commercialize those standards.

We're talking about 5G being available in seven short years. Until then, we still have a long way to go before the full potential of 4G LTE is achieved.

source: YonhapNews, VR-Zone via Engadget

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64 Comments

1. wumberpeb

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

Sprint's 4G LTE rollout should be done by then

3. opensourceftw

Posts: 148; Member since: Jan 01, 2013

LMAO nice

46. tiburonpineda

Posts: 40; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Hahaha Sprint is the worst cellphone provider ever.

21. jcarrigan unregistered

alot can change in 7 years. 7 years ago the iPhone didnt exist. Smartphones were pretty much useless. and cell phones altogether were considered a luxury whereas nowadays cell phones are a requirement to a happy facebook filled life :)

24. tedkord

Posts: 16975; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Smartphones weren't useless. They weren't as powerful, but they weren't useless. I had some HTC WinMo phones back then, and in some ways, WinMo was better back then than some of todays mobile OS 's. I really wish Microsoft had made WP much more like WinMo 6.5, instead of more like iOS. I'd be on a WP phone right now.

28. jcarrigan unregistered

Let me rephrase what I said then. 7 years ago smartphones were not nearly as popular and accepted amongst people of all ages as they are now.

25. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Punctuation FTW

55. g2a5b0e unregistered

Cell phones were also definitely not a luxury 7 years ago. Maybe in the '90s. EDIT: I guess I should rephrase. Cell phones in the U.S.

62. jcarrigan unregistered

Sir, 7 years ago i still saw plenty of morons walking around with pagers and people thought i was nuts for having a cellphone and almost no one had a smartphone. People ran businesses who still used a landline and a pager.

67. Rager722

Posts: 580; Member since: Jan 30, 2013

and a fax. lol what the hell is as fax these days...

68. jcarrigan unregistered

OMG i hate fax machines. I hate how its 2013 and there are these multi billion corporations that want crap faxed, okay one: not everyone has a fax, everyone has email and possible access to a scanner or a phone app scanner. two:fax machines dont even work half the time and three:can we please be done with landline phones so fax machines cant be used! lol

69. g2a5b0e unregistered

I'm not sure where you live where that was the case, but I bought a cell phone in 2003 as a broke college student. They may not have been as ubiquitous back then, but if broke college students can afford cell phones & plans, they are NOT a luxury item anymore.

27. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Lol that was funny.

57. Luisit0

Posts: 73; Member since: Feb 18, 2013

LMFAO!!! XD brilliant!!!

58. TheRequiem

Posts: 245; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

I'm not understanding why it's necessary to bash Sprint on a completely unrelated post. It also shows how arrogant and out of the loop you are. Sprint will be mostly done with their 4G LTE rollout by the end of this year and completely done by this time next year. Lets also not forget, despite Sprints bad reputation from some poor decisions made several years ago... They still have more spectrum then all the other carriers combined. They also have been making some incredible decisions lately that will make them a game changer and a major competitive player in a by 2014, the new york times confirms this. Lets look at some facts you'll need to be educated on. 1) Sprint is not just rolling out LTE, they are redoing their entire network from the ground up with next generation modular technology developed by Samsung. When Sprint is done with their network vision, they will essentially be able to deploy any technology with the flip of a switch and cabinet upgrade very easily, where as other carriers will have to do a complete rollout again like they've been doing the past couple of years. They will also use half the energy the others will be using and have double the capacity. 2) Sprint will not only match Verizon and AT&T in signal strength, they will likely succeed them due to having 3G on 800mhz and having roughly half the amount of people on their network. 3) They will likely have their complete network overhaul, which lets not forget is much more advanced then Verizon's or AT&Ts technology done at the same time AT&T finishes there's and not really that much long after Verizon finishes there's this year and way ahead of T-Mobile, further showing how irrelevant your comment is. 4) Be thankful you even have 4G as an option. As I type this in China on Edge on my iPhone, they don't even really have 3G yet and likely wont have 4G for some time. 5) This is also a big deal - while Verizon and AT&T continuously lobby and limit customers, Sprint is actually for the people and lobbies against the limiting of our rights. Get real man, STOP BASHING SPRINT, retard

60. Daftama

Posts: 639; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Well said. .. the problem is people want now now now. ..wait till soft bank comes in...2-4 years you will see sprint the number choice for people

63. JEverettnow

Posts: 228; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

Ummmm, I talked to a gentleman that installs these LTE cabinets and he said Sprint's are not only the least expensive out of Verizon and T-Mobile, but they are also 5 times the size and dont have the technology that t-mobile and verizon have in their cabinets. I have used Sprint's LTE all over the bay area of northern california where it is fully deployed and in some areas where it isn't fully deployed. I get anywhere from 1mbps to 16 mbps download speeds with dropped calls. They now released something saying the actual deployment of LTE will be the middle of 2014 where it won't be fully developed and will reach 200 million pop instead of 250 million. Sprint is definitely huffing wolf tickets.

64. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

There is not a chance that Sprint's post network vision upgrade cabinets are 5 times bigger then Verizon and T-mobiles.http://newsroom.sprint.com/images/9004/Base-station-images.jpg And what they released said that they would only reach 200 million pops by the end of 2013, instead of their goal of 250 million pops. They're still on track with finishing NV 1.0 and 2.0 upgrades on their network by 2014. Not too mention that the old iDen network is getting shutdown this June and sprint is putting a nationwide LTE carrier on those frequencies, in addition to a CDMA carrier. And once Softbank purchase is complete and the clearwire purchase is complete latter this summer, they will start aggressively using clearwire's spectrum for absolutely massive bandwidth.

65. JEverettnow

Posts: 228; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

I was told that the LTE cabinets that go on the tower are much larger than Tmobiles and Verizons and that they require an actual crane to install. Im sure different regions have different equipment though. From samsung to Alcatell Lucent. We have been told that NV will be done by the end of 2013, but recently they changed it to middle of 2014. Its a very slow process. When AT&T needs additional towers they are up. I can't even get calls at a SF Giants game, let alone go on the internet. When I do have LTE it has consistently been slower than competitors 3g speeds. I hope this changes.

61. JEverettnow

Posts: 228; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

Zing!

66. icyrock1

Posts: 307; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

Well played wumber, well played.

2. akmaintu

Posts: 42; Member since: Jan 08, 2012

am still using 2g :(

5. TheMan

Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Where and what carrier?

7. kozza3

Posts: 771; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

cen-cal t-mobile?

4. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4764; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

People are going to have a hard time paying the bills. On the bright side, 3G and LTE data costs might be reduced, hopefully.

9. kozza3

Posts: 771; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

isn't that how its supposed to work? but in all seriousness, when the hell are we gonna get sat-link smartphone connectivity/speed? imaging being able to go anywhere on the planet with service!!!

6. TheMan

Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

According to VZW's CIO and CFO, the cost to provide LTE service is less than 3G. Clearly, the savings were not passed on to the consumer, likely because of increased demand vs supply issues. Greed could also be playing a role.

14. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

Oh that is easy to assume. Just because its cheaper for companies like Verizon to produce does not mean they will lessen the cost. The gain for them would be pointless. They will most likely maintain the prices while demand increases and the costs remain stable.

8. TheMan

Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Beside speed boosts, improved call quality would be nice.

10. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

That is insane.. 4K movie download in 20 seconds

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