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Researchers achieved wireless 5G speeds of 1 Tb per second

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Researchers at the University of Surrey in England have achieved 5G
speeds of 1 Terabit per second (Tbps) over 100 metres in the lab – by
far the fastest wireless connection to date. That’s fast enough to download 10 full-length movies in less than a second wirelessly.

The 5G, or fifth generation, mobile network will eventually replace our
current 4G technology, with its comparatively poxy speeds of around 15
Mbps, and it’s hoped that it will revolutionise how we use mobile
devices. 
It’s previously been estimated that speeds of 50 Gbps could be
achieved on the 5G network, but now the University of Surrey’s 5G
Innovation Centre (5GIC) has gone and smashed those expectations.

“We
have developed 10 more breakthrough technologies and one of them means
we can exceed 1Tbps wirelessly,” Professor Rahim Tafazolli, the director
of 5GIC, cryptically told Dan Worth for UK technology news site V3. “This is the same capacity as fibre optics but we are doing it wirelessly.”

To put that into perspective, a US Internet provider last year rolled out the fastest home Internet ever
in the Minnesotan city of Minneapolis, which reaches speeds of 10 Gbps.
So this would be 100 times faster – which means you could download
around 100 feature films in less than a second and stream multiple TV
shows at once – all from your phone.

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However, we’re still a long
way from showing that these speeds could be achieved in the real world.
The tests were conducted in lab conditions over a distance of 100
metres, using transmitters and receivers created at the university.
The
team is now hoping to trial the wireless connection outside of the lab
and onto the university campus over the next two years. If all goes to
plan they want to open it up to the public in 2018.
But even though the researchers have achieved such impressive speeds, their focus now is on improving the latency, the time it takes for information to travel to its location, and the reliability of the system.

“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,” Tafazolli told Worth.
 
“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.”

Source: V3

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