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Samsung is about to add a fifth 'G' to the mix.  (Source: Shootspeak)
World's top smartphone maker expects tech to roll out by 2020

Despite the drastic relative devaluation of standard patents in the U.S., Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KSC:005930) continues to pioneer new industry standard smartphone and telecommunications technologies.  Samsung announced this week that it had completed trials of the core technology it hopes will make up the fifth generation (5G) wireless standard.

The era of 4G LTE is still young, but Samsung is already cooking up a faster replacement, 5G.  According to Samsung the technology will allow you to download a full length movie over the air in less than a second.  Versus LTE, which tops out at around 75 megabits-per-second (Mbps), 5G will offer blazing speeds of up to tens of gigabits-per-second (Gbps).
According to South Korea's Yonhap News Agency, in its test Samsung achieved "low-end" 5G -- a transmission of 1 Gbps in the 28 Gigahertz (GHz) band.  This is even faster than previous "5G" trials in the UK that showed off 200 Mbps transmissions.

The bad news is that Samsung says the technology likely won't hit the market till 2020.

And the other bad news is that the technology has a lot of hurdles to overcome to achieve commercial viability -- it required 64 antennas for Samsung to achieve its record result.

Still with China and the European Union investing big in the development of the next generation standard, and top electronics firms like Samsung stepping up to the plate, it seems that a solution will eventually be found.

Source: Yonhap News

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RE: Wireless carriers will love this!!!
By xti on 5/13/2013 10:05:47 AM , Rating: 2

all kidding aside... I wonder how they spin this one in the future when they can no longer claim network congestion the way they do now.

crossing my fingers for the consumers.

RE: Wireless carriers will love this!!!
By tayb on 5/13/2013 10:28:56 AM , Rating: 2
Network congestion isn't a valid argument right now yet they're still using it. What makes you believe that with more bandwidth they won't continue to make the same arguments to justify their price gouging?

RE: Wireless carriers will love this!!!
By Mitch101 on 5/13/2013 12:04:52 PM , Rating: 2
AT&T is starting to realize that end if nearing.

AIO Wireless - AKA AT&T

Think its $55.00 a month.
Houston, Orlando, and Tampa, with additional cities coming over the next year.

There is also Straight Talk where depending on the device could be Verizon(Generally flip phones) and Smartphones (generall Sprint) for $45.00 a month.

RE: Wireless carriers will love this!!!
By Motoman on 5/13/2013 12:20:25 PM , Rating: 2
Close, but not quite.

Looks like you only get the first 7Gb at full-speed. Then they'll likely throttle you to ~20k, like T-Mobile does to us.

Also, while Straight Talk (and maybe others) does offer truly unlimited data (which never gets throttled - it should be illegal to refer to something as "unlimited" if it can be throttled), they don't allow you to use their service to tether/hotspot for other devices. I would guess that AIO does the same.

That limitation has to go to make cellular wifi a real "broadband" option for people who can't get cable or DSL. With those limitations in place (throttling, caps, and no tethering/wifi) it's kind of just a cruel hoax.

RE: Wireless carriers will love this!!!
By Mitch101 on 5/13/2013 1:09:08 PM , Rating: 2
If Wifi is your way you might consider this.

How it works is it attempts to use Wifi for phone service instead of a carrier the drawback if switching out of Wifi over to a cell tower your guaranteed to drop connection but its an interesting concept and might work well for a lot of people who are in free cell areas. If you work for a coffee shop or McDonalds with Free Wifi and then your at Home with Wifi then Why not. My company has a guest Wifi for vendors which I could leverage so I did consider this.

Straight Talk.
I will say this since I put the wife on Straight Talk and this really irks me is she gets better service and data using Straight Talk then when we were direct on Sprint. Going from Sprint on a Samsung Epic 4g $75.00 a month to Sprint on an LG Optimus Q for $45.00 a month was a major improvement. The issue with Straight talk is you need sim based device to bring your own over or your limited to the poor selection of phones they offer.

For the record im on a Windows Phone on AT&T through a corporate device.

Cheaper options for service are coming but the coverage is the issue and the big carriers are getting into the lower cost space I would imagine to deter growth from services like Cricket.

RE: Wireless carriers will love this!!!
By Reclaimer77 on 5/13/2013 1:14:47 PM , Rating: 1
For the record im on a Windows Phone

As if we didn't all know that :)

By Mitch101 on 5/13/2013 1:24:32 PM , Rating: 3
LOL. Yes I should just change my screen name and include the Microsoft pom poms for Windows Phone but I dont have the legs to pull it off.

By Motoman on 5/13/2013 2:55:15 PM , Rating: 2
If Wifi is your way you might consider this.


How does that help people who have no access to cable or DSL? The point is that those people generally have to use something like a cellular data service in order to get internet at all - and hence are living under the data cap for everything they do...not just cell phone usage.

RE: Wireless carriers will love this!!!
By chripuck on 5/13/2013 1:33:10 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not apologist for the cell phone carriers, but you do realize the cost of routing your traffic over the internet is far more than phone to tower right? The backhaul to the main trunk along with all cross network licensing fees e.g. L3 make up a sizable amount of their costs.

RE: Wireless carriers will love this!!!
By xti on 5/13/2013 2:49:18 PM , Rating: 2
that's nice and all, but if carriers keep popping up shaving dollars off, then there is obviously a profit margin that can be shrunk to benefit customers.

By Roffles on 5/13/2013 4:59:29 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know... your comment got me thinking about Verizon's 100 billion dollars attempt buy out Vodafone last week. It seems to me like they are swimming in an ocean of profit. I doubt the move from unlimited to tiered data was to prevent revenue loss.

At any rate, you can consume your entire 2GB tier in 16 seconds if you had these new speeds.

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