A new form of mobile networking has been tested by Samsung, with the results proving that 5G could be up to 30 times faster than the current 4G connectivity, which is available to business mobile users in the UK.
The company revealed that the 5G system that it has been developing in-house is capable of achieving download speeds of 7.5Gbps. This news comes just a few days after it announced a next-gen Wi-Fi solution, which will be similarly impressive when compared to contemporary alternatives.
At 7.5Gbps, it is possible to download almost an entire gigabyte of data in a single second. And most importantly of all, this is the fastest 5G technology to be tested so far, which means that rival firms will no doubt up their game to try and lead the market, once this type of connectivity is embraced internationally.
The peak 7.5Gbps data rate is impressive, but the stability and reach of this technology is not yet at a level that will make it suitable for widespread use. A slower but more stable 5G service of around 1.2Gbps has been created by Samsung, which should be accessible to users even if they are travelling at speeds of around 60mph, making it suitable for commuters who are using public transport.
While Samsung?s form of 5G apparently uses the 28GHz network spectrum, which has been avoided in the past as a result of the relatively small range over which it can operate, the developer has apparently overcome these issues and will be working on five technologies in this area, which it intends to act as the foundation to the next step in mobile connectivity.
Network providers and industry regulators will inevitably have to get involved in the race for 5G, which means it is still going to be many years until end users can reap the benefits. But the promise of superfast mobile connectivity, which outstrips already impressive 4G performance, will be welcomed by business users as they move towards a mobility-led approach to working.
A report published this week by Global Wireless Solutions actually shows the extent to which commuters who work in London are being let down by the current crop of network providers. Analysts looked into the worst performing operators and found that many popular places within the commuter belt around the capital are being underserved by the fastest forms of connectivity.
In some instances, providers are still falling back on older 2G coverage in order to make up for gaps in 3G and 4G services. And while making voice calls and sending texts is generally possible from most places, faster connectivity is far from universally available.
Report spokesperson, Paul Carter, argues that transport providers and network operators should work together, to ensure that customers are able to get the kinds of connectivity options that are available to them at home or once they have actually arrived at the office.
The surprising fact, that most of the biggest providers still fall back on 2G to make up for gaps in coverage over well used train routes, is likely to be a cause for concern for any commuter.
Of course, wireless connectivity is innately problematic when applied over a large area, even with faster 4G and 5G services on the horizon. So tackling this problem requires a concerted effort on the part of the companies responsible for the infrastructure, while leaving customers in a tricky position with little option but to put up with black spots as they travel to and from the office in the UK on a daily basis.