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The UK will test 5G beginning next year

If you recently picked up a smartphone like the Samsung Galaxy S3 or iPhone 5 and reveled at the "lightning-fast" 4G LTE network, be prepared -- the next best thing is already on its way.

According to Giga OM, 5G network connectivity will begin testing in the United Kingdom next year. The testing will take place at the University of Surrey's Centre for Communication Systems Research (CCSR) in the UK.

The project is expected to cost around £35 million ($56 million USD), where about £11.6 million will come from the UK government and the other £24 million will be provided by a group of tech companies, including Samsung, Huawei, Fukitsu Laboratories Europe, Rohde-Schwarz, Telefonica Europe and AIRCOM International.

The CCSR has been working on 5G for a few years, but it is just now coming together to work with the other companies to make 5G a reality. According to Professor Rahim Tafazolli, head of CCSR, the new network will be spectrum-efficient and energy-efficient. It will also be faster, with cell speeds bumped up to a capacity of 10Gbps.

"Mobile data traffic is increasing exponentially year-on-year," said Tafazolli. "The amount of spectrum that we have now is not sufficient to carry all the traffic. We are soon going to run out of capacity, even with LTE, unless there is a huge amount of spectrum made available -- and if we are doubling traffic every year, then even twice the spectrum [that is currently available] is not sufficient.

"We have developed many technologies that are suitable for 5G using computer simulation and mathematical analysis and what this test bed allows us is to integrate all these technologies together and optimise them end-to-end and take them to standards afterwards. We are looking at the processors, protocols, algorithms and techniques...we won't try to optimise the hardware implementation -- that is something industry will do. We have developed the know-how."

According to TechWeek Europe, a 200Mbps 5G network trial will begin at CCSR in 2013. The 5G network won't likely be launched to the public for another 10-15 years.

"We're bringing all the major stakeholders together and we are going to decide on the advanced technologies and test them end-to-end. Once we are happy with the set of technologies that we have developed, in terms of performance, then we will push that particular technology towards standardization."

Sources: Giga OM, TechWeek Europe

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Data cap
By aurareturn on 10/8/2012 10:34:44 PM , Rating: 1
So instead of hitting your data caps in a few minutes, you hit it in 1-2 seconds.

All sad but true jokes aside, when this happens, cloud computing will truly take off. You can basically stream anything from blue ray movies to entire operating systems efficiently.

Plus there's really not much need for capacity on your phone anymore. Just leave everything on Dropbox or Google Drive.

RE: Data cap
By StevoLincolnite on 10/8/2012 11:53:30 PM , Rating: 2
I can already use up my 2gb download cap in about 5 minuets on 4G at a cool 60Mbps... Sometimes Manage 80Mbps on a good day. - One of the few great things about Australian internet is the Wireless speeds, some of the best in the world.

Personally I would rather lower latency and higher download limits than more speed, but that's just me.
Already my 4G Wireless is faster than my home DSL connection by a factor of 10x, DSL's maximum speed decreases the farther you are form the Exchange/RIM/CMUX, which due to distance I get about 5-6Mbps out of a maximum of 24Mbps.
Roll on the National Broadband Network and give me fiber!

RE: Data cap
By timorous1985 on 10/9/2012 2:50:42 AM , Rating: 2
What data cap? I am on three's one plan and they have unlimited data. My bill came through and I used 160GB of data. They do not even throttle and they are fast for 3g, I get between 10-15Mbps downloads. It is faster than my ADSL.

RE: Data cap
By titanmiller on 10/9/2012 9:17:35 PM , Rating: 2
How do you use 160GB of mobile data? Are you tethering to your PC?

RE: Data cap
By Chadder007 on 10/9/2012 9:21:56 AM , Rating: 3
I bet AT&T sets out a new plan that starts you out at 128mb after they roll 5G out.

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