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Samsung 5G test provides 1Gbps speeds, ETA 2020 – UPDATED

Samsung has announced that its successfully tested 1Gbps speeds using new 5G technology and expects services will be on the market by 2020. 

The Korean firm tested the next next-gen platform on the 28GHz band of the spectrum, which according to the local service Yonhap, which broke the story, hasn’t been achieved before. 

Samsung’s teams are also claiming that speeds in the ‘tens of Gbps’ can be achieved using their technology. It’s an interesting development for those in rural areas who, unless they dig deep (either into the ground or their own pockets) can’t expect to see 1Gbps speeds delivered over fixed-line connections. 

Samsung 5G test provides 1Gbps speeds and launch in 2020
Samsung’s 1Gbps 5G test is most impressive, but will it matter in the UK?

How this breakthrough will actually affect the UK is another matter. Ofcom is keen on a 5G auction taking place in 2018 and wants to use the much lower frequency 700MHz band for delivery of 5G. The regulator is currently investigating how Freeview can be moved to make way for 5G in the future.

In the UK, licences for the 28GHz band of the airwaves are currently owned by Cable & Wireless UK and Urban Wimax Ltd. In December last year, Ofcom revealed that it had received requests from these companies to indefinitely extend their licences. The licences currently expire in 2015. Ofcom has yet to announce a decision on these requests.

That said, Samsung is one of the many companies that’s chipped in to fund the University of Surrey’s 5G Innovation Centre, so we’d be surprised if this new tech isn’t being rigorously tested by Brighton students right now. 

Update: Samsung has provided us with further details on the trial, revealing that speeds of up to 1.056 Gbps were achieved over distances of 2 kilometers. Calling the trail the ‘world’s first adaptive array transceiver technology’ in 28GHz, Samsung is claiming that this will pave the way for the future of 5G.

“The millimetre-wave band [EHF – frequencies running between 30 and 300GHz] is the most effective solution to recent surges in wireless internet usage,” says ChangYeong Kim, Executive Vice President of Samsung Electronics and Head of Digital Media & Communication (DMC) R&D Centre. “Samsung’s recent success in developing the adaptive array transceiver technology has brought us one step closer to the commercialisation of 5G mobile communications in the millimetre-wave bands.”

Samsung has also boldy stated that real-timing streaming of 4K (aka Ultra HD) content would be possible over 5G over 28GHz, as well as 3D movies, if people are still bothered about those in 2020.

As we said earlier, we’re not sure if 28GHz will be used for 5G consumer services, especially when Ofcom has indicated a preference for the lower 700MHz frequency. 

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