Monday, May 13, 2013

Samsung to Deliver 1 Gbps "5G" by 2020

If you though 4G/LTE networks were fast and were quickly catching up cable and fiber networks - there's even cases when you can use a 4G connection as your main internet connection, with speeds up to 150Mbps, faster than most cable connections (and let's not even talk about DSL) - you'd certainly also now that FTTH (fiber to the home) operators are also ramping up their speeds. If you're willing to pay for it, you can get 1Gbps of internet access... provided you live in a "fiber area".

Wireless networks can more easily reach areas where cabled connections aren't available... and it may soon go head to head with even the fast 1Gbps fiber networks. According to Samsung they've already achieved 1Gbps mobile download speeds with 5G technology, a technology they say to be ready for commercial operation by 2020.

Even considering real-world speeds will be a lot less - even if you consider half of it it's still a respectable 500Mbps - it seems we'll soon be reaching a milestone that, just like modern CPUs provide "more than enough" power for most common use scenarios, connection speeds will soon achieve the same.

With a 1Gbps connections, streaming or downloading a 100GB "Ultra-HD" movie could be done in less than 15 minutes... even if you are away from home. Will 5G mark the end of the cabled internet access? We'll still have a little over half a decade to find out.

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