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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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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.


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