Some days I just shake my head at how slow my iPhone is when searching the net. Not that there's a much faster smartphone out there, it's just the standard LTE network isn't as fast as I'd like it be. Will the next generation Advance-LTE on Apple's next iPhone 6 really matter? No, not really. So when can we expect to see a real change in mobile surfing speeds? In Korea, 5G is scheduled to roll out in about 6 or 7 years. That will roughly translate into a decade before it reaches our shores unless by some miracle a new technology emerges from the tech heads in California. The big deal about 5G is that it's 1,000 times faster than today's current LTE. And the finer details behind the technology are even more impressive.
Korea's Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning announced yesterday that it would launch the new 5G service by 2020 following pre-technology demonstrations in 2015 and the trial service in 2018.
With local Korean companies producing 5G communications and base station equipment and providing the service, the government expected the market to generate $541.5 billion US from 2020 to 2026.
The next-generation technology, as noted earlier, is 1,000 times faster than the current 100-megabit-per-second LTE service. By 2020, telecom operators will be able to provide an Internet connection speed of 1 gigabit per second.
Jang Eun-jung, a researcher at the Korea Communications Agency, noted that "What is important here is that the 1Gbps service will be provided per person, not per base station. Currently, LTE service provides 100 Mbps service per base station, which can accommodate 100 users. The more users there are, the slower the speed. However, the service per person will not be affected by the number of users."
Samsung was the first company to secretly test the new 5G standard back in May. It was revealed at that time that one successful test involved downloading an entire HD movie in a single second. While that's a bit much to accept, I think we'd all be impressed at even a minute's time. It's definitely the kind of speed that we'd all love to see on our mobile devices deliver today? It's just too bad that Apple fans will have to wait for the iPhone 16 to get it.