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It looks like Samsung is planning to offer 5G data in 2020.
The Yonhap News Agency reports, “Samsung Electronics Co. said Sunday that it successfully developed a core technology of the fifth-generation network (5G) for the first time, aiming to enable users to access faster data services by 2020.
“The new wireless technology will enable customers to access a stream of data faster than the current fourth-generation network and download an entire movie in less than a second, the world’s largest smartphone maker said.
“Under the new platform, users can download and upload data at speeds of up to tens of gigabits per second (Gbps), compared to 75 megabits per second (Mbps) posted by the fourth-generation long-term evolution (LTE) service.
“Samsung Electronics said it has successfully tested the platform using the 28 Gigahertz (GHz) waveband to transmit data at a speed of 1 Gbps, which earlier had been considered as a conundrum by global industry players.
“The tech giant said it used 64 antenna elements to overcome the issue, which allowed the device to exchange real-time signals under the platform. Samsung plans to make the service available to consumers by 2020, it added.
“Market watchers said Samsung’s development will add vitality to global development of the 5G network and its commercialization, as well as help in making an international standard for the platform.
“Advanced countries have been vying to pre-empt the 5G market, with China and the European Union injecting large sums of cash into development of the new communication platform.”
Although 5G will not be available for current handsets such as the Samsung Galaxy S4 or Apple iPhone 5, the prospect of getting to use data speeds of 1 Gbps excites us.
Want to get to know more about Samsung’s progress with 5G? We’ll keep you posted once more of the story unfolds.
EE, the first 4G network in the UK, is offering free 4G in fifty iconic black cabs that have been given a make-over. This will work for any device with Wi-Fi such as the iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy S3, or Google Nexus 7.
EE announces on its website, “From Tuesday 2nd April, commuters in London and Birmingham can hitch a superfast ride in the 4GEE Taxis – the UK’s first ever fleet of 4G enabled hackney carriages. Even if stuck in rush hour traffic, passengers will experience a super-speedy journey thanks to free mobile 4G from EE, as Britain’s only superfast 4G network brings the latest in communications technology to this unique fleet of taxis.
“The traditional hackney cab has long been a part of the UK’s transport history and now 50 of these iconic vehicles are making history of their own. Each car has been given a hi-tech makeover and fitted with a state-of-the-art MiFi wireless router that acts as a mobile 4G hotspot connecting the cabs to the UK’s only superfast 4G network.
“Every day over 200,000 black cab journeys are taken across London alone and over 40% of smartphone users across London and Birmingham say they have been late for a meeting while in stuck in traffic. However, 1 in 5 commuters said it would make their day less stressful if they had access to the internet whilst travelling in a taxi. By fitting a fleet of 50 taxicabs with superfast 4G, EE hopes that passengers will see the time-saving benefits of using its 4G network on the go.”
EE’s Director of Brand, Spencer McHugh, said, “The first motorised black cabs hit the streets in 1901, nearly 70 years before the first smartphone was available to consumers, now we are bringing this icon of British transport into the 21st century with a 4G make-over. We hope this trial will demonstrate the benefits of a superior online experience as users can browse, download, catch up on emails, Tweet and check Facebook literally at the speed of light. We can’t make taxi journeys any faster but we can certainly speed up people’s smartphones!”
EE adds, “The free 4G service will be available for three months with 40 traditional Hackney carriages in London and 10 in Birmingham decked out with the state-of-the-art technology.”
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In a press release, network operator EE announced that it has spread its 4GEE network to “nine more towns and cities”. It said, “EE, the UK’s most advanced digital communications company, today announced that 4G is available in nine new towns and cities across the UK, bringing the total number of towns and cities covered by superfast 4GEE mobile technology to 37, just four months after the launch of the service.
“Today, 4G is being switched on in Barnsley, Chorley, Coventry, Newport, Preston, Rotherham, Telford, Walsall and Watford as roll out continues to progress ahead of schedule. 4G from EE, the first and only 4G network in the UK, covers the homes and businesses of more than 45% of the UK population. By summer 2013 the network will be in at least 72 towns and cities as well as much of the suburban and rural areas that surround them, reaching well over half of people in the UK.”
Devices that can connect to EE’s 4G data include the HTC One, Blackberry Z10, iPad Mini, Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE, and the Apple iPhone 5.
Olaf Swantee, EE CEO, said, “We’re committed to making the UK’s first 4G service available to as many people, as quickly as possible. We’re setting the pace for the delivery of 4G in the UK, and it’s a great achievement for our engineering teams to be able to launch in another nine towns this month, enabling more and more consumers and businesses to take advantage of superfast mobile internet.”
It’s just a shame EE refuses to include unlimited 4G data plans.
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