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Samsung claims breakthrough in 5G technology

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Samsung claims that it has developed new, core technology which allows connections speeds far exceeding those offered to 4G networks.

In an announcement Monday, Samsung said that plans to accelerate the research and development of 5G mobile communications technologies suitable for consumers across millimeter-wave bands are going ahead, with a view to commercialize the technology by 2020.

The Korean firm says that it has developed the "world's first" adaptive array transceiver -- which is able to operate in millimeter-wave bands -- and has overcome issues caused by transmitting data over long distances. The core system is able to transmit data in this band at a frequency of 28GHz at a speed of up to 1.056Gbps to a distance of up to two kilometers.

This is far higher than current 4G networks -- still being propagated across the world -- which are able to reach several hundred MHz to several GHz. Subscribers to future 5G networks, hosted on the higher frequency band than conventional ones currently in operation, will apparently be able to enjoy speeds several hundred times higher and "practically without limitation."

Samsung executive vice president and head of digital medial and communication R&D ChangYeong Kim commented:

"The millimeter-wave band is the most effective solution to recent surges in wireless Internet usage. Samsung's recent success in developing the adaptive array transceiver technology has brought us one step closer to the commercialization of 5G mobile communications in the millimeter-wave bands."

Exploration into 5G networks is moving at a fast pace. China has created a promotional group based around 5G research and development, whereas the European Commission will invest 50 million euros this year to bring 5G technology to consumers by 2020.

Samsung says that the nature of next-generation mobile communications research and development is becoming "increasingly fierce," and the firm's creation of core technology to consumerize 5G will result in "the creation of international alliances and the timely commercialization of related mobile broadband services."

This post originally appeared on CNET.

— By on May 12, 2013, 7:58 PM PST

Charlie Osborne

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Charlie Osborne is a freelance journalist and photographer based in London. In addition to SmartPlanet, she also writes for business technology website ZDNet and consumer technology site CNET. She holds a degree in medical anthropology from the University of Kent. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure