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5G Is Being Researched & Developed - Give It 10 Years, At Least!

Question asked by Kaustubh Katdare in #Coffee Room on Oct 8, 2012
Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare · Oct 8, 2012
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While the world is moving rapidly to adapt the modern 4G communication technology, a team of researchers from Samsung, Huawei, Telefonica, Fujitsu Laboratories, Rohde-Schwarz and AIRCOM International have began work on 5G - the fifth generation of wireless communication. University of Surrey will be the playground for the next in data transfers and a special 5G Innovation Center has been set up in the University. The UK Government has allotted  £11.6m to the project while the rest of the total £35m (approximately $56m) fund will be contributed by the consortium of the participating companies.

Scientists and research engineers have already taken up the challenge to shape the future of communication as the mobile data consumption grows exponentially every year. As more people hop on to 3G and 4G connected gadgets the current spectrum we have are expected to get overloaded soon.


It's too early to talk about 5G and it's not been clearly defined yet. In reality, even the 4G has not been adapted properly because the title is meant for 'LTE-Advanced'. But all we know about 5G is that it's going to be <em>super-ultra-blazing-fast</em>. Professor Rahim Tafazolli of the Surrey University mentions a cell capacity of 10 Gbps (per tower target). Now that would convert roughly about 200 Mbps for each connection.

5G has been on the researchers' table for some time now but most of the work was being done by the companies independently. All the leading players coming together is definitely a good sign for the development of 5G technology. The wait is going to be long though - '10 years' is what the team believes is required for standardising the technology. Until then, we'd ask you to start saving for your Nexus 10 or Galaxy Note X.

Via: Gigaom

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