With 5G, Samsung announces a new speed record
The Korean manufacturer is a lover of novelty. After the foldable screen in 2019, it hopes to become the first on 5G issues. So, on April 17, 2020, Samsung announced that it had broken a speed record on its 5G network with a connection reaching 8.5 Gbps (gigabit per second). Enough to download two two-hour movies in 1080p in just one second !
5G, a network full of promise
The South Korean manufacturer’s feat confirms what the new generation of mobile networks has been promising consumers for several years now. This new network, which should start to be deployed in earnest as early as next year, will bring unprecedented performance, far beyond what fiber currently offers.
5G will usher in a new era of connectivity. 4G had opened mobile devices to the world of entertainment. When it came out, many consumers found their phone faster than their DSL connection and used it to watch their videos. With 5G, all our connections will become instantaneous.
What are the concrete applications to foresee ?
Beyond the ability to download all kinds of files at unprecedented speeds, 5G will open the door to new uses. Such a fast connection will make entertainment more accessible than ever, but more importantly it will connect all the world’s mobiles to billions of devices in cities.
For the moment, it is impossible to predict exactly all the possible applications, as some will be discovered in the coming years. On the other hand, the potential of 5G is quite feasible. Such speed in data exchange will make our cities and homes smart.
For example, cars will be able to drive themselves by connecting to all traffic lights and other cars.
A network still highly criticized
However, before revolutionizing our daily lives, 5G must face many criticisms. Many of its detractors question the real need for such high connection speeds. Indeed, in a world like ours, being able to download two 4 GB movies in one second may seem useless.
However, the appeal of 5G lies precisely in the new world it will bring.
Indeed, today’s world can be satisfied with 4G. However, 5G will also allow medical infrastructures to gain in performance, notably by allowing surgeons to operate remotely, hospitals to share their databases, experiments of a scale never before achieved to be carried out around the world. In short, 5G is full of promise that should benefit the entire company.