The “5G Hype” is (already) here…

LudicrousLast Monday Samsung made an announcement regarding their new “5G technology that promises download of movies in a few seconds.   “Samsung served up such a sumptuous treat to the media who seem fascinated by technology”, commented Nigam Arora at Forbes in an article that describes most of Samsungs claims as “hype”.  Certainly, hi has a point.  For people with basic knowledge of radio transmission, it is clear that 1 Gb/s over 2 km in line of sight, is nothing that will get you a Nobel Prize. The problem in wireless access networks is hardly the peak data rate, its the large scale deployment that is they key, i.e. that you and me can get access at that speed here and now – not down on the street when nobody else is around. In that department we have seen little – 60GHz technology has a lot to prove in that department.  Having said that, still cred goes to Samsung for managing to stir up the industry (see Arora article on the “threat to Apple”)

About Jens Zander

Professor Jens Zander is professor in Radio Communication Systems at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. He has been among the few in Swedens Ny Teknik magazine's annual list of influential people in ICT that have been given the epithet “Mobile Guru”. He is one of the leading researchers in mobile communication and is the Scientific director of the industry/academia collaboration center Wireless@KTH. His research group focuses on three main areas – the efficient and scalable use of the radio frequency spectrum, economic aspects of mobile systems and application and energy efficiency in future wireless infrastructures.
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