5G breakthrough means movie downloads ‘to take just one second’

Samsung says it has broken through the 5G barrier
Samsung says it has broken through the 5G barrier

Korean electronics giant Samsung said this morning that it had successfully tested so-called 5G that would allow an entire movie to be downloaded in just one second.

Samsung said the Fifth Generation technology, which would be available by 2020, can handle data speeds of tens of gigabits per second, as opposed to the 75 megabits per second offered by modern 4G Long Term evolution devices. That means the new wireless service is several hundred times as fast as 4G networks.

That will permit users to “transmit massive data files, including high quality digital movies, practically without limitation,” Samsung said.

Samsung, the world’s largest maker of smartphones, said it had overcome the previously insurmountable issue of sending data at more than 1 GB per second by using 64 antenna elements.


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