Electronics giant Samsung says it has successfully tested superfast fifth-generation (5G) wireless technology that would eventually allow users to download an entire movie in one second.
The South Korean company said the test had witnessed data transmission of more than 1Gb per second over a distance of two kilometres.
The new technology, which will not be ready for the commercial market before 2020 at the earliest, would offer transmitting speeds “up to several hundred times faster” than existing 4G networks, it said in a statement.
That will permit users to “transmit massive data files including high quality digital movies practically without limitation”, it said.
“As a result, subscribers will be able to enjoy a wide range of services such as 3D movies and games, real-time streaming of ultra high-definition (UHD) content, and remote medical services,” it added.
Samsung said it had found a way to harness millimetre-wave bands which have proved to be a sticking point for the mobile industry to date.
The test used 64 antenna elements, which the tech titan said overcame the issue of “unfavourable propagation characteristics” that have prevented data travelling across long distances using the bands.
One of the most wired countries on earth, South Korea already has about 20 million 4G users.
Australia’s National Broadband Network under Labor is scheduled to be completed by 2021 and will eventually deliver speeds of 1Gb per second by fibre optic cable to homes.
However, mobile networks and the completed NBN would have different strengths.
Wireless traffic over the mobile network is convenient, but also comes with the downsides of being expensive for data used and subject to severe congestion when many people are using it.
The wireless future in homes and businesses is more attributable to WiFi, which is where a user connects to the nearby wired network wirelessly.