New 5G wireless speed is 65,000 times faster than 4G
Researchers working out of the University of Surrey in England have discovered a way to transfer an insane amount of data over a 5G network, much faster than the norm. Much, much faster. Much, much, much… you get the point.
According to BBC News, the researchers were able to transmit one terabit of information in one second. That is 65,000 times the speed of an average 4G download.
You could download 100 feature length films in three seconds at that speed.
The complete Library of Congress would take around around 80 seconds to download. That’s 26 million books in less than a minute and a half.
Current 4G speeds are around 15 megabits per second, or 15 Mbps, while the best speed recorded so far on 5G was hit in October when Samsung recorded speeds of 7.5 gigabits per second (Gbps). The new speed of 1 Tbps is still very much in the testing phase, but the team behind it hopes to be able to demonstrate it to the public in 2018.
It could then be available for consumer use by 2020.
The test was conducted in a lab setting at the University’s 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC), and according to the project’s founder, Professor Rahim Tafazolli, it is just the most attention grabbing of several discoveries.
“We have developed 10 more breakthrough technologies and one of them means we can exceed 1Tbps wirelessly,” Tafazolli said. “This is the same capacity as [fiber optics] but we are doing it wirelessly.”
Before the technology can be introduced though, there are several technical issues that need to be overcome. To begin with, there is an issue of what sort of applications will be used in the future. There is also the issue of latency, which needs to be overcome.
“An important aspect of 5G is how it will support applications in the future. We don’t know what applications will be in use by 2020, or 2030 or 2040 for that matter, but we know they will be highly sensitive to latency,” Tagazolli said.
“We need to bring end-to-end latency down to below one millisecond so that it can enable new technologies and applications that would just not be possible with 4G.”