South Korea’s Science Ministry has announced that they are in the works on upgrading the current 4G mobile data speeds to up to 1000 times with the 5G network. The 5G’s trial service is expected to come sometime in 2017 with commercial service by the end of 2020, South Korea is now investing 1.6 trillion Won ($1.5 billion or over Php 66 billion) for speeds up to 1 Gbps that can let users download full length 800 MB movies in just one second.
In a statement, the Korean Science Ministry said that: “We helped fuel national growth with 2G services in the 1990s, 3G in the 2000s and 4G around 2010. Now it is time to take preemptive action to develop 5G.” They also added that “Countries in Europe, China and the US are making aggressive efforts to develop 5G technology…and we believe there will be fierce competition in this market in a few years.”
The ministry is looking at 2017 for the start of trial services, and by 2020, a complete roll-out for commercial service. Features such as Ultra-HD, hologram transmission and cutting edge social networking services are reported to be given high network priority.
South Korean local carriers such as SK Telecom and Korea Telecom, as well as Korea’s very own worldwide tech giants Samsung and LG are expected to help in planning and the costs of the project. This would then help Korea achieve their goal of taking up to a 20% share of the world’s telecom infrastructure, as currently, they only have 4.4%.
When implemented, 5G speeds would allow users to enjoy internet access at a very high-mobility rate, even while on a bullet train ride traveling up to more than 500 km per hour, as the current 4G speeds can only stand with just 300km per hour.
Confirming that 1 Gbps speeds are really possible, Samsung had successfully tested the 5G network back in May 2013, with a transmission of more than 1 Gbps over a distance of 2 kilometers. [via]