Samsung tech could download films in seconds

Samsung has developed “ultra high-speed” fifth-generation technology that could allow users download an entire film in a second.

The South Korean firm said it has successfully tested new equipment which it hopes will transmit data several hundred times faster than 4G networks, which have yet to be rolled out in Ireland.

It claims subscribers could use the technology to download high-quality digital films “practically without limitation” and watch 3D movies or stream high-definition programmes in real time.

Samsung believes its new transceiver is the world’s first device capable of providing “ubiquitous” 5G broadband — and hopes to bring the service to customers by 2020.

It announced the development after conducting a test where data was transmitted at speeds of more than one gigabit per second over a distance of up to 2km.

Customers using 4G services access average speeds of 8-12 megabits per second. 4G is about double the speed of 3G.

“The new technology sits at the core of 5G mobile communications system and will provide data transmission up to several hundred times faster than current 4G networks,” said Samsung.

It believes the equipment could provide a solution to recent surges in wireless internet usage.

“Samsung’s new technology will allow users to transmit massive data files including high-quality digital movies practically without limitation.

“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 content, and remote medical services.”


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