4G is still the buzzword across the UK and Europe with most Networks still trying to implement and improve the 4G service enough so that as many users as possible can access it, but as with all things Tech, 4G is looking to be a thing of the past soon.
Next up is 5G, and if Japanese carrier NTT DOCOMO’s plans come to fruition, we will be hearing a lot more about the next speed step for our mobile devices as the Japanese Network has started recruiting international phone makers to begin 5G trials.
DOCOMO has announced its plan to kick off experimental trials in Yokosuka in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, and the Network has also signed up six worldwide device manufacturers in: Samsung, Nokia, Ericsson, Fujitsu, NEC, and Alcatel-Lucent.
But don’t worry too much about your brand new 4G phone being outdone, as the expected dates for 5G to go commercially available is still some time off, with a rough 2020 target set by NTT DOCOMO, which is also the target that Huawei set for 5G last summer.
When 5G does land it is projected to deliver a superfast 10 Gbps+ speed to mobile devices and DOCOMO says it will offers 1000 times what LTE can deliver today.
The actual trials for 5G will begin at DOCOMO’s R&D Center in 2015, with the company sharing its finding and data in 2016 to their carriers with the idea to get a standardize 5G setup across the board.
5G will be coming to us, it’s just the next step in technology but with these superfast speeds coming over the Air, it could signal a massive jump forward in technology and internet connectivity for the world.