5G speeds hit 1Tb in testing

Mobile broadband researchers have reportedly achieved 5G speeds of one terabit per second in tests, which is more than 65,000 times faster than the current 4G average of 15Mb. At that speed a feature film download would take just a fraction of a second.

The staggering data connection speeds were recorded at the 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) at the University of Surrey and they dwarf previous estimates for the performance of the next generation of mobile broadband. Samsung recorded 7.5Gb in tests last year while other reports claim 5G could offer speeds between 10Gb and 50Gb.

According to ispreview.co.uk, the researchers used "computer simulations" to conduct the test so real world performance results might actually be different. However, the figures are encouraging and suggest 5G will deliver on telecom regulator Ofcom's aim of bringing "a further step change in the capacity of wireless networks."

5GIC director, Professor Rahim Tafazolli, said that he was now hoping to demonstrate the capabilities of 5G technology to the public in 2018. Ofcom recently said that 5G could be available in the UK by the end of the decade and asked the industry for advice and opinions on how to prepare for its arrival.

Professor Tafazolli warned that there were still potential problems to resolve: "An important aspect of 5G is how it will support applications in the future. We don't know what applications will be in use by 2020, or 2030 or 2040 for that matter, but we know they will be highly sensitive to latency."

"We need to bring end-to-end latency down to below one millisecond so that it can enable new technologies and applications that would just not be possible with 4G."

Source: BBC News

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