Recently Australia was blessed with the appearance and semi-introduction of the 4G network – a network which promised ‘lightning-fast’ speeds and reliable network connection. Telstra has maintained a strangle-hold on the development as other phone carrier’s fight for the right to offer it to their customers. But as we all know in the world of technology as fast as new developments are introduced they are superseded just as quickly. Move over 4G network, 5G is on its way.
Samsung have developed an adaptive array transceiver capable of transmitting data at a rate of 1.056 Gbit/s at a range of up to 2km in what is a tricky millimetre waveband. This band type offers tumultuous network connection at best as it is easily influenced by weakening in the atmosphere and rainfall. It operates in a range of 30 to 300 GHz where electromagnetic radiation wavelengths measure between 1-10mm. Samsung’s new 64-anntennae transceiver operates at 28GHz creating a new next-gen network being referred to as 5G. It could provide a tangible solution to the radio propagation loss of millimetre-wave bands.
It has long been thought that the millimetre band was the key to revolutionising telecommunications. 5G would provide a broader range of frequencies that would address commercial scale issues of network connection and coverage. Europe has put its hand up to promote the technology and commercialise it by 2020. For other world locations 5G may be a little further away than next-gen.
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