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October 15, 2014

Samsung tests 5G at over 60mph

Successful trial beams 150MB per second at moving car,

By Ben Sullivan

As part of continuing 5G trials, Samsung Electronics has claimed to have successfully transmitted 150 megabytes of data per second in a vehicle travelling at 62mph.

Samsung said that the trial "marked the first time for 5G network technology to boast speeds at gigabit-per-second (Gbps)-level in an actual mobile environment, and not in a lab."

In a stationary environment, Samsung said that it could reach 5G transfer speeds of up to 940mbps, around 30 times faster than 4G.

"We will continue to build upon these milestones and develop advanced technologies that contribute to the 5G standard," said ChangYeong Kim, Head of DMC R&D Center at Samsung Electronics.

"In addition to leveraging our own global R&D capabilities, we will also continue to cooperate with other industry leaders and research centres across the world. Whether you are talking about mobile devices, the cloud, or the Internet of Things, the demand for 5G telecommunications standard and its supporting technologies will continue to grow."

The mobile 5G test took place on a professional race track, and was conducted on a 28GHz 5G network. The industry has not yet used these higher frequencies because of their short communication range, but Samsung said it overcame that obstacle with its Hybrid Adaptive Array technology.

While the 5G standard has yet to be ratified, 5G networks are expected to offer data transmission rates that are tens, if not hundreds, of times greater than 4G LTE.

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Earlier this week, Samsung said that it developed a way of transmitting Wi-Fi data at speeds of up to 4.6Gbps, a five-fold increase from today’s consumer device speed of 866Mbps.

Samsung said that the 60-GHz Wi-Fi technology breakthrough will mean a 1GB movie will take less than three seconds to transfer between devices, and uncompressed HD videos can be streamed from mobile devices to TVs in real-time with no delay.

"Samsung has successfully overcome the barriers to the commercialisation of 60GHz millimetre-wave band Wi-Fi technology, and looks forward to commercialising this breakthrough technology," said Kim Chang Yong, Head of DMC R&D Center of Samsung Electronics.

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