The South Korean tech giant Samsung was able to break the 5G speed record by reaching 5.23Gbps. Right now, the real 5G technology is not even being offered and an intermediate solution is being used that takes advantage of a large part of the previous 4G infrastructure. This means that we do not have blazing speeds, ultra-low latencies or very high capacity. However, the future is very promising.
Taking advantage of the initial 5G deployments is relatively simple. You just need a mobile operator offering the service and a smartphone that supports 5G networks. The problem is that many people get a 4G-like experience with 5G phones because the infrastructure is not capable of offering the maximum speed right now.
Samsung Electronics reached a record 5G speed: 5.23 Gbps
Samsung Electronics has just confirmed that it has achieved the fastest download speed with an advanced telecommunications solution using 5G and 4G technology. All this has been achieved in one of the company’s test labs in South Korea. There they have managed to combine 40MHz of 4G frequency and 800MHz of 5G frequency in mmWave. The demo used E-UTRAN New Radio Dual Connectivity (EN-DC) technology, which has enabled them to achieve 5.23 Gbps speed.
In a statement, Samsung confirmed that it used commercial end-to-end solutions comprised of devices and network products, such as the Samsung Galaxy S20+ smartphone, 4G radios, 5G radios and a 4G/5G link. To date, the Koreans had achieved a whopping 4.25Gbps in an MU-MIMO (multi-user multiple-input multiple-output) demonstration the previous year.
This technology, E-UTRAN New Radio Dual Connectivity (EN-DC), allows operators to combine the 4G and 5G bands into a single connection to maximize benefits such as speed, coverage, or reliability. This is something that is currently done thanks to carrier aggregation of multiple carriers in LTE Advanced technology, known commercially as 4.5G or 4G+.