Even with 4G LTE not even accessible to every person, we are hearing about 5G technologies in the works. According to Huawei, the very first 5G networks in the world will be available from them in 2020. Over the next six years, the Chinese company announced that they will be spending around $600 million into research and development of the technology, which they say will have 1000 times the capacity of current networks and be able to reach peak data rates of over 10Gbps, which is insanely fast, ten times faster than Sprint Spark. I am happy if I get over 10Mbps on my phone, so the idea of speeds hundreds of times faster than that is just unnatural to me. Dr. Wen Tong, the Head of Wireless Research and Head of Communications Technologies Laboratories at Huawei 2012 LAB, made these claims yesterday at a summit hosted by the company in Munich, appropriately named the [email protected] Summit. Huawei is a member of the European research consortium METIS, which contributes to a partnership program that was created by the European Commission called the 5G Infrastructure Public-Private Partnership Programme (5GPPP). The company also has large research and development centers across the pond, and is currently helping countries like Sweden and Norway deploy their first 4G networks for the mass market.
Huawei also stresses that successful 5G development depends on global 4G LTE deployment, which makes me think that they are simply making the currently technology more efficient. While I will be the first to say that I do not know a lot about the science behind mobile networks, my gut hope is that should 4G LTE be deployed globally, then 5G should not be that far behind. All I can think about is when I had my old Samsung Epic 4G Touch on Sprint, and about a week after I bought it Sprint announced they were going to be focusing solely on 4G LTE development and expansion, which was incompatible with my brand new phone at the time. I was then stuck on a two-year contract with a phone that rarely got 4G, so I was stuck on Sprint’s abysmal 3G speeds. Let me just say T-Mobile on my Nexus 5 is a very welcome change. However, I digress. What do you think about this? Let us know any thoughts in the comments!