Data transfers on 5G thousand times faster than 4G
Record-breaking speeds have been achieved during tests of 5G data connections. Researchers at the University of Surrey's 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) managed one terabit per second (Tbps) - many thousands of times faster than current data connections.
At 1Tbps, it would be theoretically possible to download a file 100 times the size of a feature film in about three seconds. The speed is more than 65,000 times faster than average 4G download speeds.
5GIC director Prof Rahim Tafazolli said We have developed 10 more breakthrough technologies and one of them means we can exceed 1Tbps wirelessly. This is the same capacity as fibreoptics but we are doing it wirelessly.
The regulator Ofcom has been supportive of efforts to get 5G to the public and, last month, it called for input from the industry on how to go about it. The regulator said it expected 5G mobile to be capable of delivering between 10 and 50Gbps, compared with the 4G average download speed of 15Megabits per second (Mbps). Ofcom has said 5G could be available in Britain by 2020.
2020 is said to be the year when LTE Broadcast will be in regular use for mobile broadband. It is a developed version of Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service (eMBMS) today used in 4G networks to transmit data intense traffic including video to a mass audience - from unicast to broadcast mode.
LTE Broadcast has already been successfully tested at the two latest annual Super Bowl games in the US.in order to reach all mobile phones users at the same time with the network being clogged.
In the telecom industry many believe that in combination with 5G LTE Broadcast in the future will replace radio and TV terrestrial broadcasting because the capacity for audio and video will be almost unlimited.