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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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RE: So where's the real 4G?
By inperfectdarkness on 10/9/2012 3:12:32 AM , Rating: 1
Heck, for that matter, wtf is the 4g coverage? All theories about bandwidth choking aside, are we just going to leapfrog from 3g to 5g directly and forgo 4g implementation? I mean, I'm ok with that...but I'd rather have saturated coverage than blazing speed in one spot of my neighbor's backyard.

RE: So where's the real 4G?
By darkhawk1980 on 10/9/2012 7:01:20 AM , Rating: 2
I guess you sorta forgot to read the part in the article where they state it will be another 10 to 15 years before this starts to be implemented.....

As far as 4g...even my small little town in the middle of Pennsylvania has 4g....maybe it's time for you to move somewhere with better coverage....

RE: So where's the real 4G?
By Dr of crap on 10/9/2012 8:22:06 AM , Rating: 2
Yea lets move so that we can get faster cell phone speed!!!!!
That's all I need to survive in the world - fast cell phone service.

By inperfectdarkness on 10/10/2012 2:44:21 AM , Rating: 2
the city containing georgia's largest single employer doesn't have 4g coverage--or at least it didn't when i left in february. so's not "everywhere". it's completely arbitrary as to where/when coverage is implemented. i never jumped on board with the evo 4g because of the utter lack of 4g coverage in the area i was living in (again, this is a city where the largest employer in the state is located).

so you can take your "better move" argument and shove it right up your pee-hole.

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