Samsung has announced that it has developed a wireless transmission standard hundreds of times faster that today’s 4G LTE standard. A network using the new standard could see users downloading entire movies in seconds.
Samsung on Sunday announced that it had developed a core component of its 5G network by solving a problem that has stymied the wireless industry, Yonhap News reported. Using the 28GHz waveband, Samsung says has achieved download and upload speeds of tens of gigabits per second (Gbps). Current 4G LTE networks top out at around 75 megabits (Mbps).
Samsung made use of 64 antenna elements in order to accomplish the high-speed transfer, and believes that it can commercialize the technology by 2020.
Samsung’s projected date matches the European Commission’s goal to have 5G wireless technology in place by the same year. China has also been investing in next-generation wireless technology, targeting its rollout for around the same time.
Samsung is a well-known pioneer in the area of wireless transmission technologies. Some of its advances the South Korean firm has been able to patent, some of which have been used against Apple in the ongoing legal struggles between the two firms. However, wireless patents are typically considered standard essential, meaning the company must grant licenses in a fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory fashion.
Samsung’s is not the first, or fastest high-speed wireless technology demonstration as NTT DoCoMo announced in February that it had successfully conducted a 10Gbps wireless test in Japan last year using the 11GHz band.