Samsung claimed to have managed to get speeds of up to 1.056 Gigabit/s to a distance of 2km by using 64 antennas when it conducted it’s early 5G tests last May. The company also announced that it had plans to roll out the service commercially by 2020.
Now, South Korea’s Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, also known as MEST, announced that it will invest $1.5b to develop 5G tech that will be 1000x faster that the 4G LTE that is widely used today.
In terms of speeds, it has been said that users will be able to download full-length films of ~800MB in just a second. Plans also include streaming of UltraHD (4K) videos and Hologram transmission.
MEST wants to co-operate with LG, Samsing, SK Telecom and Korea Telecom to make this happen. Early tests will be done by 2017 and MEST (also) plans to roll out the service commercially by 2020.
5G sure will take a lot of time to develop and even more to adapt, so some may even call these announcements as just marketing gimmicks. Anyhow, more internet speed won’t hurt anyone. Geeks can rejoice.
The EU also has plans to set up 5G by the year 2020. I’m going to call 2020 as the year the world gets introduced to 5G!