Samsung wants to deliver 5G network technology by 2020
While many mobile phone users are still making calls, sending texts, and surfing the web over a 3G network and have yet to upgrade to a 4G handset, South Korean mobile phone maker Samsung says it has successfully developed the world's first adaptive array transceiver technology operating in the millimeter-wave Ka bands for communications -- a.k.a. the basis for so-called 5G.
That doesn't mean 3G users should expect to skip 4G altogether. By most estimates 5G won't arrive until at least 2020 at the earliest. "That is the real important point here," says Jeffrey S. Silva, senior policy director for telecommunications, media, and technology at Medley Global Advisors. "There is a whole kind of technological ecosystem that goes into 5G. There are standards that need to be worked out, which is very procedural. This can be very political and even controversial as there is a lot of money at stake."