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New technologies from the likes of Samsung and Nokia will be put to the test

NTT Docomo Inc. (TYO:9437) -- Japan's largest wireless carrier -- this week announced its plans for fifth generation (5G) wireless data technology trials in Japan.  It hopes to bump speeds up roughly 1,000 fold over standard 4G LTE speeds, hitting speeds as high as 10 Gbps.
 
To get that kind of performance, it's testing new technologies like machine-to-machine (M2M) communications and dense base station coordination.  The 5G tests will examine the performance of several higher frequency bands, including the 28 GHz and 70 GHz bands, regimes sometimes referred to as "millimeter wave" technologies.
 
NTT Docomo is teaming up with six top telecommunications equipment makers, including -- Nokia Oyj. (HEX:NOK1V), Alcatel Lucent SA(EPA:ALU), Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KRX:005930) (KRX:005935), Ericsson AB (STO:ERIC.A) (STO:ERIC.B), NEC Corp. (TYO:6701), and Fujitsu, Ltd. (TYO:6702).
 
It released this diagram describing each company's prospective test plans:

NTT Docomo

Comments Seizo Onoe, Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer at NTT Docomo:

5G studies are starting to gain real momentum as we point toward 2020.  I am delighted that we will collaborate on 5G experimental trials with multiple global vendors from this early stage.

The first tests will start later this year and will be done indoors at the Docomo R&D Center in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.  Next year outdoor field tests will begin in Japan.

Similar 5G tech tests are ongoing in London, UK.  "5G" technology is expected to begin standardization in 2016.

Source: NTT Docomo [press release]



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this loooks awesome
By peterrushkin on 5/8/2014 6:54:47 PM , Rating: 2
yeah i cant wait till they roll this out




RE: this loooks awesome
By stm1185 on 5/8/2014 7:02:13 PM , Rating: 3
These days I wonder if increased download speeds is even worthwhile if the capacity of the network, or greed of the network provider, can't allow customers to have unlimited downloads.

Though maybe with 5g, 4g becomes unlimited usage.


RE: this loooks awesome
By zephyrprime on 5/9/2014 1:40:27 AM , Rating: 3
There are only 2 things that can raise data caps - more cells or more bandwidth. The reason we have caps is precisely because there is only a limited amount of bandwidth.


RE: this loooks awesome
By tayb on 5/9/2014 10:50:06 AM , Rating: 2
The only reason we have data caps is because the cellular providers are greedy. There is zero demonstrable evidence that data caps reduce network congestion. People still use their phone data at the same time of the day.

People would laugh in my face if I proposed limiting the number of miles you could drive each month in an attempt to solve rush hour traffic. People will still drive during rush hour to get to and from work.

It is a ridiculous idea and somehow the cellular providers have convinced citizens that greedy "data users" are the real problem and not their insatiable desire to line their fat pockets.

I don't even care about progress in mobile data speeds any longer. 10Gbps? That's great, I can download as fast as I want for a whopping 2 seconds before I go over my cap.


RE: this loooks awesome
By Nightbird321 on 5/9/2014 3:01:50 PM , Rating: 2
I think caps are also due to limitations of technology. Cell towers don't have anywhere near the capacity to offer everyone within their range the advertised speed if everyone had unlimited data. The cap significantly reduces usage as people conserve, allowing towers to service fewer people but with higher quality speeds. Towers are expensive to put up, not just hardware and labor but also land and politics. In this light, higher bandwidth towers can only help to increase caps by being able to service more people at good speeds.


RE: this loooks awesome
By purerice on 5/11/2014 3:04:10 AM , Rating: 2
I providing inexpensive cell phone service were so easy, why don't you offer it?

Do you have any idea how insanely expensive it is to provide service?
By your own wisdom, AT&T's greed gives their name zero value and their customer list zero value.
If you were to look at AT&T's balance sheet and only count tangible assets (i.e. disregard brand value and customer list) they would have $45billion in NEGATIVE equity. Effectively insolvent.
Same with Sprint, same with T-Mobile, same with Verizon. The only reason cell phone providers manage to stay afloat is by filling their "books" with imaginary assets. Where do all their liabilities including debt come from? From expanding their network for whiners like you to complain about.


RE: this loooks awesome
By synapse46 on 5/9/2014 2:11:14 PM , Rating: 2
I would say it is cost driven.


RE: this loooks awesome
By Motoman on 5/9/2014 5:07:42 PM , Rating: 2
No, the only reason we have data caps is because the service providers can have data caps.


RE: this loooks awesome
By purerice on 5/11/2014 3:14:05 AM , Rating: 2
I hope you are right there. A lot depends on the cost of providing the 5g service and how much backward compatibility there is. If it would be a cheap addition to existing towers, that would be great, but if they need to replace existing towers or have 2 sets of towers, 1 for 4g and 1 for 5g it will be expensive.

One advantage we have in Japan is we have more customers per fixed cost. 3x the population of California in the same landmass helps. It is probably a lot easier for Japanese providers to offer high speed nationwide service than it is for US providers who have to cover such a wide area.


RE: this loooks awesome
By sprockkets on 5/8/2014 7:14:59 PM , Rating: 1
why, so you can exceed your cap for the month in 3 seconds?

10gb won't make anything faster than 1gb or even 30mbit for just about everyone.


RE: this loooks awesome
By nemoshotyany on 5/8/2014 9:05:19 PM , Rating: 2
Everyone says this all the time but given similar usage patterns from 4g to 5g you shouldn't hit your cap any faster unless you plan on using up all your monthly data to download a 5gb file in 3 seconds.


RE: this loooks awesome
By stm1185 on 5/9/2014 12:11:58 AM , Rating: 2
But that is the point, "similar usage patterns", 4g already satisfies current usage patterns.

The benefits of 5g will not be realized until new uses emerge, and they won't while data caps remain.


RE: this loooks awesome
By EnzoFX on 5/9/2014 1:59:15 AM , Rating: 2
and the other obvious thing that people fail to take into consideration is that data caps CHANGE. They seem to raise them every year or so. It'll always feel like a cap, but it'll always be something that's workable, otherwise it has no business in existing.


RE: this loooks awesome
By heffeque on 5/9/2014 11:41:35 AM , Rating: 2
People also don't realize that some people that may not have access to DSL or other cabled technologies, could actually take advantage of 5G (if available).

There are some places in Europe (specially in mountain ranges) where 4G is currently used as a fixed internet connection.


RE: this loooks awesome
By hughlle on 5/9/2014 5:58:02 AM , Rating: 2
Would be cool and all.

But how about putting more investment into coverage? There are still far too many significantly large areas where you'll be lucky to get 3g signal, let alone enough to actually load a webpage in a feasible time frame.


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