South Korean tech giant, Samsung, has today announced that it has made a breakthrough in developing equipment that can transmit 5G signal.
In a press release issued by Samsung, this new technology could bring 5G to consumers as soon as 2020. With 4G spectrum having only been rolled out in recent months, with a marginal proportion of the population actually benefitting from the service, today’s news suggests that consumers could profit from mobile data transfers that are several hundred times faster than today’s 4G waves.
But what will 5G mean to mobile phone users?
At present, getting a strong internet connection, whether you’re out and about, or just at home, can be a constant battle. Today’s 4G service aims to improve this by providing higher speed data transference which allows its users to make the most of the wealth of services offered by the internet.
However, Samsung claims that 5G could enable subscribers to benefit from “3D movies and games, real-time streaming of ultra-high-definition (UHD) content, and remote medical services," all on the go.
However, experts have made it clear that this 5G enabling technology won’t be coming to us any time soon, especially as the equipment has only been successful in a lab, at present.
The topic of 4G and 5G spectrum has divided users; many feel that it is an unnecessary service, whereas for others, who are discontented with their current internet connections, 5G can’t come soon enough.
Written by Charlotte Kertrestel