If you thought LTE was fast, wait until you get a load of 5G. Samsung and T-Mobile are collaborating to test out the next big thing in mobile network capabilities. The testing will make use of T-Mobile’s 28GHz (mmWave) spectrum as well as “Samsung’s 5G proof of concept system”.
Samsung is leading the way in terms of 5G development and is taking advantage of its own “advanced beam forming technology”. Samsung is expecting for 5G technology to drive the next wave of mobile development as well as be the driving force behind the Internet of Things.
We are excited to work with Samsung to see how we can bring to life key attributes of emerging 5G technology, including extreme speed, low latency and massive connectivity.
Neville Ray, Chief Technology Office, T-Mobile
The testing is starting later this year in an outdoor environment, with more in-depth trials coming in early 2017. According to the press release, Samsung is expecting 5G to be ready for deployment sometime in 2018, so we are not that far off from a new mobile network standard that could potentially be 40 times as fast as 4G LTE.
T-Mobile is not the first carrier to start testing its 5G mobile spectrum as both Verizon and AT&T have commenced testing with Samsung partnering with Verizon Wireless. Although we’re a couple years away still, I can’t wait to see how the initial testing turns out and what kind of mobile network speeds we are going to see on our mobile devices.