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Samsung announces 5G data breakthrough

AFP-JIJI

Samsung Electronics said Monday it had successfully tested super-fast fifth-generation (5G) wireless technology that would eventually allow users to download an entire movie in one second.

The South Korean giant said the test had witnessed data transmission of more than 1 gigabyte per second over a distance of 2 km.

The new technology, which will not be ready for the commercial market before 2020 at the earliest, would offer transmitting speeds “up to several hundred times faster” than existing 4G networks, it said in a statement.

That will permit users to “transmit massive data files, including high-quality digital movies, practically without limitation,” it said.

“As a result, subscribers will be able to enjoy a wide range of services, such as 3-D movies and games, real-time streaming of ultra high-definition (UHD) content, and remote medical services,” it added.

Samsung said it had found a way to harness millimeter-wave bands, which have proved to be a sticking point for the mobile industry to date.

The test used 64 antenna elements, which the tech titan said overcame the issue of “unfavorable propagation characteristics” that have prevented data traveling across long distances using the bands.

One of the most wired countries, South Korea already has around 20 million 4G users.