Samsung claims 5G breakthrough

by Staff Reporter | May 21st, 2013

LTE-Advanced is only just arriving, but Samsung is already claiming to have made a preliminary 5G breakthrough, achieving transmission speeds of 1Gbps over millimetre-wave bands.

The company announced it had developed adaptive transceiver array technology capable of operating in the Ka bands.

The technology circumvents the short distances and poor indoor coverage of super-high-frequency radio waves by using 64 antenna elements to overcome radio propagation loss.

With this transceiver, the company was able to transmit data over the 28-GHz band at speeds of up to 1.056Gbps and distances up to 2km.

Samsung aims to commercialise the technology by 2020, which would put it within the 5G timeline that UK regulator Ofcom is working from.

Japan’s NTT DoCoMo is also seeking to help lay the early groundwork for 5G. In March, the operator announced it had completed an experiment during which it sent the world’s first 10Gbps uplink┬ápacket transmission.

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