Millions of mobile phone users in the U.S. and U.K. eagerly await their carriers deploying 4G LTE service, but Samsung is already hard at work developing the next generation technology that will make the fast 4G speeds enjoyed today seem like the old days of dial-up internet.

Samsung Electronics today announced that it has made what it claims is the world’s first adaptive array transceiver operating in the millimeter-wave Ka bands. Samsung says that this technology will allow it to build incredibly fast networks that can reach data transfer rates as high as “several tens of Gbps per base station.” Current network technology is measured in Mbps (megabits per second), so the upgrade to Gbps (gigabits per second) will be an incredible transition as Samsung enhances network capacity and data speeds. A file that takes 3 minutes to download under today’s currently fast conditions of 45 Mbps wouldn’t even take 3 seconds in the next generation.

Don’t worry about your phone becoming obsolete just yet. Samsung is still only in the research and development phase and doesn’t plan to make its 5G technology available to carriers until 2020. One can only hope that carriers make some serious adjustments to data caps by then considering that someone could theoretically use up an entire data allowance in a second.

source: Samsung

By Andrew Kameka