Earlier today the South Korean electronics giant Samsung announced that they have successfully tested 5G technology. The term “5G Technology” is used to describe the next major phase of mobile telecommunications standards beyond the current 4G / LTE standards.
According to Samsung they have found a way to transmit large volumes of data using a much higher frequency band than the conventional ones that are currently in use. This will eventually allow users to send massive data files at a much faster speeds through mobile devices “practically without limitation”. The company did a test which witnessed a data transmission rate of more than one gigabyte per second over a distance of two kilometers.
The European Union has already invested more than 50 million Euros for research into 5G technology. The technology is still in it’s testing phase but will be probably only be commercially available by 2020. It may even take longer than that to reach all countries around the world. Many mobile operators and countries around the world are still making the switch to 4G / LTE technology. To give you an idea, South Korea already has 20 million 4G / LTE users, but only a few cities in South Africa have access to 4G / LTE enabled mobile networks.
This great news for mobile phone users. 5G technology will allow subscribers to enjoy a wide range of services such as 3D movies and games, real-time streaming of ultra high-definition content and even remote medical services. According to Samsung 5G technology will be a hundred times or more faster than 4G / LTE technology – it could only take a few seconds to transfer a HD movie from phone to phone.
Picture this: Recording a huge movie on your mobile phone and transferring it to a friend via mobile data in seconds or taking more than 200 photos while you are away for a weekend and sending your friend the full photo album in seconds – this will be possible with 5G technology. Let’s hope it makes it way to South Africa before 2020 and that it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to use.
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